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Bekele in Edingburgh cross

21 januari 2014 (0 reacties)

Bekele begint cross-seizoen in Edingburgh

Kenenisa Bekele will compete in the 2006 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country after missing this years race because of the death of his fiancee.

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Less than a fortnight before Januarys race at Holyrood Park, Bekele was struck by tragedy as 17-year-old Alem Techale, who he was due to marry, collapsed and died on a training run.The Olympic 10,000metres champion was given the full support of Edinburgh organisers when pulling out, but the 23-year-old will fulfil his promise to race in Scotland next year, with the race taking place on January 14.Bekele will renew his rivalry with Eritrean Zersenay Tadesse, who he beat to the long-course gold medal at Marchs IAAF World Cross Country Championships.But Bekele, who has won the short and long-course world titles for each of the past four years, will start a firm favourite.”It has always been on the cards Bekele would accept the invitation to come to Edinburgh,” said Matthew Turnbull, elite athletes director for the Edinburgh meeting.
“Obviously after the circumstances of what happened before this years meeting, it meant there was no way he would be in shape to compete in any race.”But Kenenisa always said he would try to honour that commitment and there has been a long-standing offer on the table with him since then.”

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Bekele in Edingburgh cross

8 december 2005 (0 reacties)

Bekele begint cross-seizoen in Edingburgh

Kenenisa Bekele will compete in the 2006 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country after missing this years race because of the death of his fiancee.

Afspraak nakomen
Less than a fortnight before Januarys race at Holyrood Park, Bekele was struck by tragedy as 17-year-old Alem Techale, who he was due to marry, collapsed and died on a training run.The Olympic 10,000metres champion was given the full support of Edinburgh organisers when pulling out, but the 23-year-old will fulfil his promise to race in Scotland next year, with the race taking place on January 14.Bekele will renew his rivalry with Eritrean Zersenay Tadesse, who he beat to the long-course gold medal at Marchs IAAF World Cross Country Championships.But Bekele, who has won the short and long-course world titles for each of the past four years, will start a firm favourite.”It has always been on the cards Bekele would accept the invitation to come to Edinburgh,” said Matthew Turnbull, elite athletes director for the Edinburgh meeting.
“Obviously after the circumstances of what happened before this years meeting, it meant there was no way he would be in shape to compete in any race.”But Kenenisa always said he would try to honour that commitment and there has been a long-standing offer on the table with him since then.”

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