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Bolt Praises Distance Legend Bekele

  • By Sean McKeon
  • Published Sep. 1, 2009
World record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. Photo: PhotoRun.net

World record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Even the king of track and field agrees that Bekele is under-appreciated.

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt is clearly the king of track and field, but the title should be shared with a lesser known, yet equally as gifted athlete. Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele is the world record holder at both 5000m and 10,000m, and is undefeated in 2009. Bolt told the British newspaper The Telegraph, “He is a really wonderful athlete but the problem is that everyone these days concentrates on the shorter distances and Bekele just doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.” We couldn’t have said it any better.

In a time where the majority of sports fans need something to watch that lasts no longer than your average play in a football game, it is hard to get the attention that a good 5000m race deserves. Bekele has been as, if not more, dominant than Bolt in winning and setting records, yet due to his chosen events he will never reach the limelight of Bolt. It also helps that Bolt is probably one of the most out going personalities in the world of sports. Bekele will go down in history as one of the greatest track and field athletes ever, we just hope more people will notice it before he’s gone.

For More: Telegraph Online

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