- March 25, 2007 at 12:16 am #6150
Mombasa , Kenya – As he built a sizeable lead some 20 minutes into the men’s race on Mombasa ’s picturesque seaside Golf Course, at the 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Kenenisa Bekele appeared to be kicking into cruise control en route to his sixth straight World Cross Country title. But then the weekend’s most unpredictable and daunting variable – the stifling heat and humidity that makes Kenya’s Indian Ocean so inviting – reared its ugly head.
Less than five minutes after he was apparently dropped by the mighty Ethiopian, Eritrea’s World Road Running champion Zersenay Tadesse not only made up the gap, but went on to pummel past Bekele to produce what will certainly be remembered as the biggest upset of these World Cross Country Championships.
Tadesse, who has made a career of chasing Bekele since his emergence among the world’s elite three years ago, stunned the crowd not only as he fought back to catch Bekele, but stirred its imagination as well when he confidently strode by.
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