One of the greatest cross-country and track runners of all time is set to make his Marathon debut in Paris in April.
Kenenisa Bekele won double Olympic Gold in the 5000m and 10,000m in 2008 and has won more World cross-country titles than any other athlete. Over the past couple of years the 5,000m/10,000m world record holder has struggled to maintain his former dominance over international competition finishing outside of the medals in the 10,000m at the London Olympic Games.
However, Bekele recently triumphed over 2012 double Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah (5000/10,000m), and legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie at the Great North Run in September and is said to be training well, including a three hour run each week.
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The course record at Paris is 2:05:12 and although Bekele and his Manager, Jos Hermans, aren’t ruling out the possibility of breaking that barrier, Bekele said “of course, if I train hard I will do a fast time. But I can’t say I will run 2:03, 2:05 or 2:06. I cannot say. The only thing is I have to prepare myself and train hard until I finish a marathon. I have to motivate myself to train hard to be ready to put myself in a good position. We will see in the end what the result will be.”
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