Tariku Bekele follows in his brother’s footsteps by winning the world indoor 3000m title – Source: IAAF

March 10th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that the first time a major global title would be transferred between siblings, that the family name would be Bekele. With a dominatingsecond half performance Tariku Bekele succeeded older broth Kenenisa as World Indoor 3000m champion.Tariku, sixth behind his brother two years ago in Moscow, played the favourite’s role admirably, biding his time in the race’s first half before taking control over the second en route to a convincing 7:48.23 victory.

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It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that the first time a major global title would be transferred between siblings, that the family name would be Bekele. With a dominatingsecond half performance Tariku Bekele succeeded older broth Kenenisa as World Indoor 3000m champion.Tariku, sixth behind his brother two years ago in Moscow, played the favourite’s role admirably, biding his time in the race’s first half before taking control over the second en route to a convincing 7:48.23 victory.


Kenyan Paul Kipsiele Koech, who took command of the race in the early stages, held on to finish a distant second in 7:49.05.

“It was a very good race,” said Bekele, who arrived in Valencia as the world leader at 7:31.09, notably, faster than his brother this year. “Winning is not easy but I have been training hard. My tactic was to run really fast during the last kilometre.”

Kipsiele Koech, better known as a steeplechase specialist, took control from the gun, followed by Ethiopian No. 2 Abrahem Cherkos, with Bekele and Australian Craig Mottram tucking in behind. Little changed by 1000m, with the field running as a fairly solid pack.

The order remained with 800m to go, but the pack was beginning to spread out, with Koech still in the lead, and Bekele ready to pounce.

He took the lead with two laps to go, with Koech, Cherkos, Mottram and Edwin Soi struggling to hang on. With Soi and Mottram dropping back, the medals and finishing order were already decided.

“I’m happy because I won a medal,” said Kipsiele Koech. “I expected to at least get something.”

Cherkos, only 18, followed Koech across the line to take bronze (7:49.96) in his first World Championships appearance, followed by Soi (7:51.60) and further back, Mottram (7:52.42).

“This is very good for the Ethiopian team,” Cherkos understated. “We are very strong runners.”

Bekele’s victory was the fifth in the event for Ethiopia. Boding well for Bekele is that he not only succeeds his brother, but also three-time winner Haile Gebrselassie as well.

Ethiopia is on third place next to Russia by Medalions.

To see the Table go to http://www.iaaf.org/WIC08/index.html

  1. Mussa Ghedi
    | #1

    How I wish (we)all Ethiopians in all wakes of life could learn a little bit from our dedicated athlets. These are young women and men that dedicate their lives to working hard to come on top againest all the odds that stand between them and successfuly representing their people and make them proud. These are people who surpassed not only in athletics but uphold the beauty of diversity and the merits of unity. Ethnicity, cred or religion as important as it may be in their daily lives, has never hindered them from upholding the ethos of equal opportunity in their occupation. I think we have to seriously look as to what and how we could learn these prides of all the people of Ethiopia and beyond.

  2. Solomon
    | #2

    Mussa,

    I agree with you, we Ethiopians should be positive just like our athlets instead of complaining every day. It is easy to complain all day while you are on welfare (burden on the society). Atleast do your share of good things to your people and country fisrt, before you open your negative mouth. Too much negativism is the sign of weakness,let us over come our weakness.
    What our country need today is not talaktive negativism, but act of positivism which is contagious to further developement health futre.
    As J.F.K put it, “Ask not what your country do for you,ask what you can do for your country.”

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