Bekele back in training, hopeful for London 2012

Kenenisa Bekele’s knee injury has almost fully healed

Posted on March 12, 2011 by
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Kenenisa Bekele (Mark Shearman)

Multiple world record-holder Kenenisa Bekele is finally over the worst of the injury that prevented him from competing throughout 2010 and kept him out of next weekend’s World Cross-Country Championships.

Bekele, the three-time Olympic gold medallist from Ethiopia, last competed 14 months ago at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross, where he finished an uncharacteristic fourth.

His fortunes took a turn for the worse soon after when a ruptured calf muscle ruined a planned attack on the world indoor 5000m record last February. The injury extended into March, ruling him out of that year’s World Cross-Country Championships in Poland.

Later in 2010, Bekele – the winner of 11 individual World Cross titles – picked up a knee injury, extending his absence from competition. His disappointing performance in Edinburgh remained his sole competitive appearance in 2010.

But more than a year on from that rare defeat, Bekele is finally looking ahead with optimism. The 2011 summer season may come too soon for the five-time world champion, but he hopes to be fit for the London 2012 Olympics.

“It has been almost a year since my leg injury, but I have now started training,” he said on Twitter. “I’m hoping to be ready for the London Olympics.”

Bekele’s last championship appearance was at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, where he won an unprecedented 5000m and 10,000m double, repeating his feat from the previous year’s Beijing Olympics.

In the past he has spoken of another double at the Olympics in 2012 – in the 10,000m and the marathon. The recently-released athletics schedule for London shows there is an eight-day gap between the two events, with the 10,000m on August 4 and the marathon on August 12.

His long-term injury may have delayed his move to the roads – to date, Bekele has only competed in three road races, winning just one of them. But even if his Olympic marathon ambition gets delayed until after London, Bekele will still only be 34 years old in 2016 – one year younger than Haile Gebrselassie was when he set the current world record of 2:03:59.

10 Responses to “Bekele back in training, hopeful for London 2012”

  1. carlosquevedo says:

    I have been waiting for Kenny to jump onto the marathon scene. I think he’s got a sub 2 hour in the make. We’ll see. I like all of his fans wish him the best!

  2. kebede says:

    he is the greatest long distance runner in history and is followed by Hhaile

    • the truth says:

      "Followed by Haile" hhaha, funny. Haile just runs the marthon, and never run multiple distanse in doo or out door on the same day. Please, don't compare Haile to Kenenisa. He is better than Hiale

    • Rilos says:

      Agreed. Bekeke is the most exciting distance runner to perform over xc and track. Haile is still an awesome prospect and I believe will still produce some brilliant times on the roads

  3. Dale Bowen says:

    Henry Rono was, in my opinion, the best but for his penchant for the bottle.

  4. Rastaman says:

    I think Haile is the greatest long distance runner of all time. Imagine he has been on the top for more than 2 decades and still going strong. Kenny is outstanding runner and has been wonderful in track (in and out doors) and cross country but we have to wait and see howand how long is he gonna do on longer road distances.

  5. Mike says:

    lets be fair and say they are equally great, Haile set the standards which in till him were not to impressive, he ran like the wind and beat the like of tergat and hissou who were awesome runners.. Bekele is the multiple record holder and is totally unbeatable when fit over country and track but he needs to prove his ability over the half and full marathon to be the overall greatest distance runner of all time.. Dont get me wrong Bekele for me could beat anyone at 5k or 10k on the track and well on the country he is head and shoulders above and makes the best look like novices…… but in till he runs 58 mins for a 1/2 or sub 2.04 for a marathon then Haile overall is the greatest.
    1 that i liked watching in 97 was Komen, awesome runner… 7.58 for 2 miles… or 7.20 for 3k, Bekele is 3 seconds over that… He was just short lived and over cooked his feww seasons and burnt out.. shame..

  6. Alex says:

    Haile has performed far better than Kenenissa by being unbeatable over decades and still having an exciting perormance. He is a legend, he has proved that it is possible for ethiopian runner to be a winner over long time span. It is Haile who is the reference for Kenenisa, but Haile's performance was breakthrough which turned out from himself. He is really brave. It is from Haile we Ethiopians and all yound runners have learnt a full confidence of thinking to be winner in successive years over decades. Kenenisa is a strong and unbeatable runner, but he has to do a lot to achive the credibility of the great HAILE G.Selassie who is the greatest runner of all the time. He is our symbol for victory.

  7. add says:

    both of them are great runners. we do not need to compare kenenissa to haile.

  8. add says:

    they are great Ethiopian runners ! way to go../

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