Ethiopians Dominate Long Distance

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    In the mid 1990’s, we were spoiled by a steady flow of new long distance world records thanks mainly to Haile Gebrselassie.

    But since he ran his 12:39 in 1998 no one – Haile himself included – has been really challenging that mark, with the closest margin being almost ten seconds away (Stephen Cherono 12:48 in 2003).

    It appeared that the 12:39.36 was an exceptional performance by an exceptional athlete that might stand for a very long time.

    Then along came Haile’s countryman Kenenisa Bekele and suddenly the record looked vulnerable. Article

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