Bekele added to Berlin Marathon field


Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele crosses the finish line past the Brandenburg Gate to win the 43rd ...
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele crosses the finish line past the Brandenburg Gate to win the 43rd Berlin Marathon on September 25, 2016 (AFP Photo/John MacDougall )

In Summary

  • Bekele is one of the greatest distance runners of all time. Along with his three Olympic gold medals, he has amassed 17 world titles on the track, indoors and outdoors, and cross country
  • He will line up against compatriots Guye Adola, Leul Gebrselassie, Sisay Lemma and Birhanu Legese in what looks set to be another memorable race in the German capital

Organisers of the BMW Berlin Marathon have announced that Kenenisa Bekele has joined a loaded men’s field for the September 29 race.

Bekele is one of the greatest distance runners of all time. Along with his three Olympic gold medals, he has amassed 17 world titles on the track, indoors and outdoors, and cross country.

His world records for 5000m and 10,000m have stood for 15 years.

He stepped up to the marathon in 2014 and set a course record of 2:05:04 in Paris on his debut at the distance. He set a personal best of 2:03:03 – which, at the time, was an Ethiopian record and just six seconds off the then world record – when winning the Berlin Marathon in 2016.

He will line up against compatriots Guye Adola, Leul Gebrselassie, Sisay Lemma and Birhanu Legese in what looks set to be another memorable race in the German capital.

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