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Gebrselassie bij Kenyaanse sportverkiezing

21 januari 2014 (0 reacties)

Gebrselassie bij SOYA awards

Door Peter Njenga


Paul Tergat (li) verwelkomt Gebrselassie op Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi

Twice Olympics 10,000 metres champion Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia arrived in Nairobi yesterday for the second Sports Personalities of the Year Awards, which were scheduled for last night.

Londen marathon
The Ethiopian star exuded confidence of doing well in London Marathon next month. He was invited to the gala night by his long time track rival and good friend Paul Tergat. He said he was looking forward to racing the Kenyan in London for the first time since 2002. Last year Gebrselassie was given the onus of firing the first shot to start the London race, which this year has attracted top marathoners including Tergat. Flanked by Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat and former 10,000m world champion Moses Tanui, the Ethiopian, considered by some to be the greatest distance runner of all time, also cautioned that Tergat, the world record holder over the marathon, would be the man to watch as he was more experienced on the road.

10.000 mtr baan
Gebrselassie said it was Tergat who had kept him in the sport, which he dominated from 1992 when he out-sprinted another Kenyan, Josphat Ndeti, as the best challenger of the day, Josphat Machuka, was disqualified on disciplinary grounds in the 10,000m during the IAAF world junior championships. The Ethiopian lost his first significant race in a decade in the 2001 world championships when he failed to retain his world title for a record fourth time in the 10,000m. The 2000 Sydney Olympics was the last encounter between Tergat and Gebrselassie, who set 15 world and season best records in his illustrious career, when he edged out the Kenyans on the finish line.

Niet goed voorbereid
He added the world half marathon standard of 58 minutes 55 seconds in Phoenix on January 15 when he sliced a massive 21 seconds off the old mark. In 1999, Gebrselassie featured in the motion picture Endurance as himself, a role he earned from Tergat for winning the 10,000m in Atlanta Olympics. This is Gebrselassies third visit to Kenya. In 2004, shortly after the Olympics, he returned to launch the anti-land mines campaign. He said he failed to break the world record in Amsterdam Marathon because he had not adequately prepared. He said January, he set a new world half marathon record because of the good work by pace setters. In welcoming Gebrselassie, Tergat said he remains the biggest inspiration to continue running. Tergat is also the brainchild of the annual awards, which were revived last year after nine years.

© Kenyan News

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Gebrselassie bij Kenyaanse sportverkiezing

2 maart 2006 (0 reacties)

Gebrselassie bij SOYA awards

Door Peter Njenga


Paul Tergat (li) verwelkomt Gebrselassie op Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi

Twice Olympics 10,000 metres champion Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia arrived in Nairobi yesterday for the second Sports Personalities of the Year Awards, which were scheduled for last night.

Londen marathon
The Ethiopian star exuded confidence of doing well in London Marathon next month. He was invited to the gala night by his long time track rival and good friend Paul Tergat. He said he was looking forward to racing the Kenyan in London for the first time since 2002. Last year Gebrselassie was given the onus of firing the first shot to start the London race, which this year has attracted top marathoners including Tergat. Flanked by Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat and former 10,000m world champion Moses Tanui, the Ethiopian, considered by some to be the greatest distance runner of all time, also cautioned that Tergat, the world record holder over the marathon, would be the man to watch as he was more experienced on the road.

10.000 mtr baan
Gebrselassie said it was Tergat who had kept him in the sport, which he dominated from 1992 when he out-sprinted another Kenyan, Josphat Ndeti, as the best challenger of the day, Josphat Machuka, was disqualified on disciplinary grounds in the 10,000m during the IAAF world junior championships. The Ethiopian lost his first significant race in a decade in the 2001 world championships when he failed to retain his world title for a record fourth time in the 10,000m. The 2000 Sydney Olympics was the last encounter between Tergat and Gebrselassie, who set 15 world and season best records in his illustrious career, when he edged out the Kenyans on the finish line.

Niet goed voorbereid
He added the world half marathon standard of 58 minutes 55 seconds in Phoenix on January 15 when he sliced a massive 21 seconds off the old mark. In 1999, Gebrselassie featured in the motion picture Endurance as himself, a role he earned from Tergat for winning the 10,000m in Atlanta Olympics. This is Gebrselassies third visit to Kenya. In 2004, shortly after the Olympics, he returned to launch the anti-land mines campaign. He said he failed to break the world record in Amsterdam Marathon because he had not adequately prepared. He said January, he set a new world half marathon record because of the good work by pace setters. In welcoming Gebrselassie, Tergat said he remains the biggest inspiration to continue running. Tergat is also the brainchild of the annual awards, which were revived last year after nine years.

© Kenyan News

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