Coaching Athletics Quarterly
Monday, 26 March 2018 19:00

How Gudeta went from Dubai disappointment to victory in Valencia

Written by IAAF- Phil Minshull
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Netsanet Gudeta gave a portrayal of someone who had been supremely confident of getting the gold medal at the post-race press conference for the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 but sometimes a peek behind the curtains of the puppet show is required, followed by a quiet word with the man who pulls the strings.

It’s probably not exactly how Gudeta’s Italian manager Gianni Demadonna would really like to be described but having guided her career since she first came to international attention when winning the Great Ethiopian Run in 2013, he was able to provide another perspective on the Ethiopian’s stunning performance in Valencia on Saturday.

It was an outing that ended with her not only winning her first global title but also improving the women’s-only race half marathon world record by 14 seconds to 1:06:11.

Read the rest of the article at https://www.iaaf.org/news/feature/netsanet-gudeta-world-half-marathon-champions

photo: Jiro Mochizuki

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