Alberto Salazar Says Bekele Is The Best

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 11, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM UTC
Alberto Salazar currently coaches Mo Farah. Photo:

Former Boson Marathon champion tries to clarify a previous statement he made about Mo Farah.

Famous distance-running coach Alberto Salazar isn’t shy about giving his opinion on the sport.

He recently told Athletics Weekly’s David Cox in an interview that Ethiopian ace Kenenisa Bekele is the greatest distance runner in history.

Salazar shared this observation to clarify a statement he made last December in an interview with the BBC regarding the legacy of his athlete Mo Farah.

“I was asked about how I thought he [Farah] compared to others in history and I said that I thought what he did [in London] is as good as what anybody else has done,” he said. “Because other people have won those events [the 5000m and 10,000m at the Olympics], but Mo has done it in an era where it’s much more competitive to 20 or 30 years ago.”

Bekele’s top mark for the 5000m and 10,000m events are 12:37.35 and 26:17.53 respectively.

“Those times are awfully fast,” Salazar admits.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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