Bekele storms to Olympic double and breaks Olympic record – BBC

August 23rd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele crushed the opposition as he cruised to 5,000m gold on Saturday, adding to the 10,000m title he won eight days ago.

Bekele led all the way and sprinted to a new Olympic record time of 12 min 57.82 sec to beat Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi.

It is the first time the long distance double has been secured for 28 years.

Bernard Lagat, who had been tipped to push for gold, drifted off the pace with two laps left to finish ninth. (more…)

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele crushed the opposition as he cruised to 5,000m gold on Saturday, adding to the 10,000m title he won eight days ago.

Bekele led all the way and sprinted to a new Olympic record time of 12 min 57.82 sec to beat Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi.

It is the first time the long distance double has been secured for 28 years.

Bernard Lagat, who had been tipped to push for gold, drifted off the pace with two laps left to finish ninth.

Uganda’s Moses Ndiema Kipsiro was fourth, while Ireland’s Alistair Cragg pulled up half-way through the race.

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  1. Kachaw
    | #1

    You are our hero. God bless you and mama Ethiopia. Congrats all Ethiopians.

  2. murad. jebjeb
    | #2

    KENENISA BEKELE IS OROMIA BUT IF HE WAS AMARA
    YOU MAY SEE MINI 45 COMMENT HERE. SHAME ON YOU NARROW PPL. WHY DONT YOU SAY SOMTHING TO OUR HERO?. long live kenenisa and god bless you

  3. gemoraw
    | #3

    look at what the ormos did a wonderful job for that country…look what the oromos meant for that nation…tirunesh and keneni the inculsive another golden athlets I as an Oromo and we as an ethiopian are proud of these great youths.

  4. atuba dolla
    | #4

    It has always been amazing to see or watch the greatest athlets of Ethiopia, of course, since the greatest son of Abebe Bikila achieved the greatest victory for Ethiopia and her remarkable people whose known and recorded victory in a historical journey from time imemorial till now has been written in the hearts and minds of the global citizens of this motherly earth; victory has been a tradation for Ethiopia and stil continues to be in Bejing Olympic.

    God bless Ethiopia! the son of Ethiopia Kenenesa kept the unbroken link passed down from ancestors to him and to Ethiopia.

    It is good to see the shining victory brought to Ethiopia by the sons and daughters of Ethiopia.

    Always, long live Ethiopia! Amen!

  5. | #5

    you are our hero GOD bless you and mama ETHIOPIA congrats all ETHIOPIANS. LONG LIVE KENENISA AND GOD BLESS YOU”””’.

  6. MVIPI
    | #6

    hi guys where is our hero murutse yefter????
    pls dont tell me coz he is tigray you dont like him ok???____________________

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