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Biography of Kenenisa BEKELE

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Kenenisa BEKELE
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Born on 13/06/1982 (format : day/month/year)

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Kenenisa Bekele (b.June 13,1982), is an Ethiopian long-distance runner and one of the best runner in the world.He holds the world records in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres. He is the reigning two-time Olympic champion over 10,000 metres and the most accomplished runner in IAAF World Cross Country Championships history, with six long (12K) course and five short (4K) course titles.He is the older brother of Tariku Bekele, also an accomplished distance runner.

The son of a farmer, Kenenisa Bekele was inspired to begin running by the athletic feats of fellow Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie. After setting a world junior record for the 3,000m in 2001, Bekele achieved his first senior success at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships in Dublin, where he became the first man to win the long and short races at the same championships. Bekele retained both titles in 2003 and again in 2004. At the 2003 World Championships of Athletics, Bekele won the 10,000m and finished third in the 5,000m. In the run-up to the Athens Games, during a 10-day period, Bekele broke Gebrselassie's world records in both the 10,000m and the 5,000m. At the Olympics, he entered the 10,000m along with his idol, Gebrselassie, and a third Ethiopian, Sileshi Sihine.

On August 17, 2008 Bekele won gold in the 10,000m finals with a time of 27:01.17, setting a new Olympic Record in the process. As in his 2004 gold medal-winning performance over the same distance, he ran the final 400 metres in 53 seconds to leave his competitors behind

Last update : 02/27/2008

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