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October 31, 2012

Kenenisa Bekele’s 10k runs

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 12:11 pm

This year’s London Olympics was the first time the great Kenenisa Bekele did not win a 10,000m race in which he finished. The following is a list of his 10,000 track finals, taken from here (for anyone wondering, Haile Gebrselassie was undefeated from 1993 to 2001 in the 10,000m over 11 finals).

Date Meet Venue Time Place
01/06/2002 Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo NED 26:53.7 1
24/08/2003
IAAF World Outdoor Championships Paris FRA 26:49.6 1 (CR)*
08/06/2004 Golden Spike Ostrava CZE 26:20.3 1 (WR)
20/08/2004 XXVIII Olympic Games Athína GRE 27:05.1 1 (OR)**
29/05/2005 Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo NED 26:28.7 1
08/08/2005 IAAF World Outdoor Championships Helsinki FIN 27:08.3 1
26/08/2005
Memorial Van Damme Bruxelles BEL 26:17.5 1 (WR)
27/08/2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships Osaka JPN 27:05.9 1
14/09/2007 Memorial Van Damme Bruxelles BEL 26:46.2 1
08/06/2008
Prefontaine Classic Eugene USA 26:26.0 1
17/08/2008 XXIX Olympic Games Beijing CHN 27:01.2 1 (OR)
17/08/2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships Berlin GER 26:46.3 1 (CR)
28/08/2011 IAAF World Outdoor Championships Daegu KOR DNF
16/09/2011
Memorial Van Damme Bruxelles BEL 26:43.2 1
22/06/2012
UK Olympic Trials Birmingham GBR 27:02.6 1
04/08/2012 XXX Olympic Games London GBR 27:32.4 4

* he ran the last 5k in 12:57.24, raster than the winning time for the 5,000m at the same championships!

** 53.02s for the last lap!

According to this IAAF page he has four of the fastest six times in the event. In 2004-5, 2007-9 and 2011 he had the fastest time of the year. He also has the record for the most consecutive days holding the 5,000m and 10,000m records simultaneously (ref).

Watching his finishing kick has been a joy over the years (some of his final lap splits are here). Check out this instance in the 2007 World Championships where he was well behind with just over 200m remaining.

Reference

Unofficial Bekele

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