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Kenenisa Bekele Recharged For Olympics

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 11, 2012
  • Updated May. 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM UTC
Kenenisa Bekele remains optimistic about his chances at the summer Olympics. Photo: IAAF

The Ethiopian champion hopes to double in both long-distance track events.

He’s one of the best distance runners in the history of the sport, and even though Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele has been struggling in recent years, he remains optimistic about his chances at the Olympics this summer.

At 29, Bekele has 16 world titles and owns the world record for the 5000m and 10,000m.

“I’m now feeling good, happy, free of injury,” he said. “If I’m performing well and am in good condition, I will try to double up in London.”

Bekele had a bad outing at last year’s World Championships, pulling out of the 5000m event. However, he came back by setting the fastest 10,000m of the 2011 season at the Diamond League Meeting in Brussels.

“History is very important,” he admits. “It’s not easy to win three times at the Olympics, an event which only comes along every four years. It would be great. History has a big place in my heart.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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