The race celebrated its 100th anniversary.
He’s the younger brother of the great Ethiopian long-distance runner, Kenenisa Bekele, and now Tariku is a household name in his native land.
And after Sunday’s win in the prestigious Giro di Castelbuono 10K, he is most likely popular in Italy, too.
At 100, the Castelbuono is Europe’s oldest race.
Bekele broke away from Olympic 5,000m bronze medalist, Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya, to claim victory.
“I waited the right moment to launch my decisive attack during the last lap,” Bekele said. “Winning in Castelbuono represents the highlight in the career of each athlete and I am honoured to win this race in the 100th anniversary. It’s a hard race with a lot of ups and down.”
Bekele will now take on half-marathon training.
Surprisingly, Longosiwa took second despite a fall early in the race.
“I don’t know what happened at the start,” he recalled. “I was pushed from behind and I fell. I was shocked and I felt a headache. I lost my focus. I am not used to running in the middle of the group. It was not easy to catch up positions on a very narrow course.”
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