Although he did not start on Saturday, the Ethiopian Association Bekele can still convene if it wishes a long-awaited duel with the reigning Olympic champion and Kenyan world record holder Eliud Kipchoge.
Paris: The running legend Kenenisa Bekele is a dubious starter at the Olympic marathon in Tokyo after she held the Ethiopian selection race on Saturday.
The 38-year-old has apparently decided not to take part in the 35-kilometer race in near the capital Addis Ababa, which the London marathon winner Shura Kitata 2020 won in 1 hour 45 minutes 55 seconds, according to the Ethiopian Association on its social networks.
World champion Lelisa Desisa was 20 seconds behind her on the second place, Sisay Lemma, who finished third in London last year, again in third place.
Bekele’s pedigree includes three Olympic gold medals on the course – 10,000m in 2004 and 5,000 and 10,000m doubles in the 2008 – and the second best marathon performance in history when he drove 2:01:41 a.m. to win the 2019 Berlin Marathon.
“Bekele refused to run because it was cold, the race at high altitude ( on 2 .356 m) and only took place over 35 kilometers “, his agent Jos Hermens told AFP.
” These are bad conditions for him … and they will have nothing to do with those in Tokyo.
“The best team is clearly with Kenenisa Bekele. He’ll be ready, he’s in good shape.
“I have nothing against the athletes who took part on Saturday, but I think we should vote for Bekele over Lemma, who will be almost two minutes behind him in Berlin in 2019 The goal came. “
Although he did not start on Saturday, the Ethiopian Association can still convene Bekele if it wishes for a long-awaited duel with the reigning Olympic champion and Kenyan world record holder Eliud Kipchoge.
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