Lelisa Desisa is one of the best marathon runners in the world. In 2013 he jumped into the marathon scene by winning the Dubai Marathon and the Boston Marathon, both within 3 months of each other.
On April 15, 2019 (which is tomorrow!), Desisa will be attempting an incredible 3rd victory in Boston.
Running Mechanics - 8
Desisa is extremely efficient, yes, but there are multiple negatives to his running mechanics. First, his shoulder sway in each stride is quite large. This, potentially, lowers his overall efficiency and leaves both of his feet on the ground for a longer period of time on each stride. Additionally, Desisa often is slightly too upright on his stride.
Mental Toughness - 10
Desisa clearly deserves a 10 here. On multiple marathons, Desisa has pulled out extremely gutsy performances to win marathons. In both the 2013 Boston Marathon and the 2015 Boston Marathon, Desisa closed his last few miles at a pace that no others could endure. I believe he completely deserves a 10 here.
Strong Kick - 9
For the purposes of a marathon, I'm using Desisa's last few miles as his "kick". He clearly has the ability to shift gears and beat his opponents, but his overall kick is not quite as impressive as other runners I've seen in the past including Haile Gebrselasse or Kenenisa Bekele.
Career Longevity - 7
Considering Desisa is still working on his overall running career, it's difficult to give him anything above a 7 at the moment. As I mentioned in the video, I think this number will go up in the future.
Championship Races - 9
Overall, Desisa's marathon major performances have been quite impressive. He's already won 2 Boston Titles, a Dubai title, and a New York City Title. Very impressive indeed.
Running Range - 8
Desisa has run great times from the 10k all he way up to the marathon, but his personal records for any race below 10k is not quite as impressive as others. For this, I gave him an 8.
Tactical Awareness - 10
I believe this is Desisa's strongest asset. His marathon major races have been full of great decisions at crucial times during races. His move in the 2018 New York City Marathon was perfectly timed for him to win. I fully expect him to inject surges and long drives in the future that will help him win races.
Personal Bests - 9
Desisa has great times in the 10k (27:18), the half marathon (59:30) and the marathon (2:04:45). I fully expect him to improve on his marathon in the future. Currently, I believe he deserves a 9 but perhaps this also can be improved in the future.
Records Broken - 7
Again, he hasn't broken many records. He's run great times and he has broken a handful of course records, but his lack of national records, world records, and other record breaking races is lacking.
Adaptation - 8
Desisa is great at responding to changes in races, but it seems to me that his greatest year in racing was back in 2013 and he's been trying to return to that form ever since. He's been quite good at racing over the years, but he's been beaten multiple times by other great runners.
Total Score: 85
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The latest on Ethiopian politics from danayit.com
Joining Tigrai and Somali Bounded States as able-bodied as Addis Ababa City Administration,the Oromia Bounded State has become the fourth arena to accredit Vice President, whois not a affiliate of its bounded council—ChefeOromia,asits next de factopresident to advance the arena in a agitated period.
In an amazing affair alleged on Thursday afternoon, Chefe Oromiaapproved Shimelis Abdisa as the new agent admiral of the region, bushing the abstraction larboard by Lemma Megerssa, who was appointed as the Defense Minister, the aforementioned morning.
Shimelisserved as the Head of the Office of the Prime Minister replacing FitsumArega, who was appointed as Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the US.
It is to be recalled that Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) of the Tigrai Bounded State and Mustefa Mohammed Omerof Somali arena were appointed to run their corresponding regions with a Vice Presidential rank.Deberetsion, who was a affiliate of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR),was not a affiliate ofTigrai’s bounded Council if he was assigned to advance the region. Nevertheless, he wasapproved by the regionalcouncil for the Vice Presidential role.Debretsion larboard Addis Ababa for Mekele and still holds his bench in the HPR.
However, Mustefa Omer’s case is altered back he was noteven in the affair administration position for absolutely a few years afore getting appointed as the de facto president. Mustefaisa rights activist and an Agricultural economist by profession,and was adopted by the Somali Council in August2018 afterwards its above president, Abdi Illey, was affected to abandon and after bedfast by federal badge actuality in Addis Ababa.
Gouled Ahmed draws from the accomplished to actualize altered appearance elements, accepted on his instagram account. He uses the words subversive, allotment and representational to call his own aesthetic practice. He mentions how Europeans acquire looked to Africa for afflatus alone to adapted African things. “Africa is futuristic. Unconventional account of adorableness acquire consistently existed in Africa.”
Visual artisan and illustrator Amanuel ‘Izzat’ Haile creates surrealist and affected characters application African beheld elements like masks, tattoos and scars. His characters abide in a apple altered from the one we acquire known, so far. His awful abundant illustrations are abundant with symbolism. He blends science fiction, tribalism and surrealism to reimagine a new Africa. “The ascendant anecdotal about Africa dwells in the past. It talks about oppression, about Africa’s problems.” So he responded with developing his afrofuturistic approach.
These artists are complex in altered practices but their eyes is the same. Their absolute convenance has led them to admit anniversary other’s talents and acquisition credibility of collaboration. They are allotment of the afrofuturism movement in Addis Ababa and added African cities.
Many in this underground aesthetic movement admit the cull the accomplished has had on Ethiopians, abnormally in the accomplished 30 years. The architectonics of Axum and Lalibela are marvels consistently referred to as signals of Ethiopia’s abundant acculturation and modernity. The history is august and abreast alone convenance pales in contrast. “I anticipate we’re at a axis point. We’re searching advanced but we’re aswell searching backwards,” says Hamdiya.
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Lady Hash looks at her art as a way of abutting with the blow of the continent. “I feel added African than Ethiopian. I play African music. Ethiopia is still allotment of Africa.” She is acquainted of the actuality that abreast Ethiopian music rarely looks to adjoining countries for new audiences while added African artists coact beyond borders. As one of the few changeable DJs in the city-limits she makes abiding to use her belvedere to apostle for diversity. She says akin definitions of Ethiopian character force women to be bourgeois or affected but her access challenges that norm.