Hengelo – Legendary Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie expects compatriot Kenenisa Bekele to erase his name from the record books completely next week.
Bekele took more than two seconds off his six-year-old 5 000m mark on Monday night, running 12 minutes 37.35 seconds, and Olympic great Gebrselassie, who predicted the eventuality three years ago, is confident Bekele will strip him of his 10 000m standard at Ostrava in the Czech Republic on June 8.
Bekele also says he will only run the 10K in Athens…
“I am more comfortable over 10 000. It will be my event at the Olympics,” Bekele said in halting English, confirming that he will not attempt the long distance double in Athens.