21 March 2007 – Mombasa, Kenya – When we talk about the men's senior race at the 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Mombasa, Kenya (24 March), one name of course dominates – BEKELE!
When he began his emergence as the world’s preeminent distance runner six years ago, Kenenisa Bekele, then still a teen, was oft described as a shy, quiet type. But he’s hardly shied away from making history.
Since becoming the first to ever win both the short and long course titles at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships, the Ethiopian has continued adding chapters to his own still-growing body of historical work. Four more successive double gold performances in the World Cross Country have since followed, along with, of course, a slew of World records, and Olympic and a pair of global titles on the track, and his distinction last year at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow where he became the first man to win global titles across all surfaces.