Birmingham, UK – As habits go, this is a what you would call a good one. For the third time in five years Kenenisa Bekele graced the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham this afternoon by taking one of Haile Gebrsalassie’s World records/bests.
In 2004 it was the 5000m and last year the 2000m. But today the World and Olympic 10,000m champion broke the Two Mile best set here by Gebrselassie in 2003, a mark that Bekele himself missed by just 0.43s in 2006.
Chasing 8:04.69, Bekele stopped the clock at 8:04.34 to claim his $US30,000 reward after shrugging off the challenge of steeplechaser Paul Koech with a 29.74 last 200m. “It’s great here in Birmingham,” he said. “It was not easy today but I knew I could do it. Paul was very close but I knew I had a fast finish in me.”