Bekele completes distance double – BBC

August 23rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele added 5,000m gold to his 10,000m title, becoming the first man to do so at a World Championships. (more…)

Ethiopia’s double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele added 5,000m gold to his 10,000m title, becoming the first man to do so at a World Championships.

Bekele held off a charge from defending champion Bernard Lagat of the USA, while Britain’s Mo Farah was seventh.

“I tried but I just couldn’t go with it. I’m disappointed but these are the best in the world,” said Farah.

Earlier in the day, China’s Xue Bai raced away from Yoshimi Ozaki of Japan to win the women’s marathon.

Bai, 20, won in a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds, while Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia was third.

There was no British representative after Paula Radcliffe withdrew earlier this week, while Mara Yamauchi was also absent with a foot injury.

Bekele, who earlier this week won his fourth world 10,000m gold, was neck-and-neck in the final 100m with Kenyan-born Lagat, who took 1500m bronze on Wednesday, before a late surge.

“I know Lagat is very tough, especially in sprinting but I beat him on the straight,” he said the Ethiopian.

“It’s fantastic. I’m happy for myself and my country.”

GB’s 4x400m relay teams both have hopes of medals in the final races of the championships later on Sunday, with Christine Ohuruogu looking for some solace after missing an individual medal.

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