Bekele: I want to break my 10,000m world record

Despite moving up to the marathon, Kenenisa Bekele insists he’s not done with the track and wants to break his own world record

Posted on January 16, 2014 by
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Kenenisa Bekele (Mark Shearman)

Kenenisa Bekele claims he is not finished as a track athlete and would love to have a shot at breaking his own 10,000m world record, despite wanting to concentrate on the marathon in future.

Indifferent form on the track in recent years and a third consecutive defeat at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country last weekend may lead some to the conclusion that the 31-year-old’s days as a middle-distance athlete are well behind him.

Add in his remarkable performance in outsprinting Mo Farah to win the Bupa Great North Run half-marathon in September and it would seem the Ethiopian’s best chances of success could rest over 26 miles in future.

However, Bekele, who will make his marathon debut in Paris in April, believes that at 31 he is not too old to have the speed to revise his world mark of 26:17.53 set in 2005.

“Many athletes achieve at the Olympics and world championships at this age or maybe 34,” Bekele  told AW following his fifth place in Edinburgh. “My age is not against me.”

Bekele with 4km winner Heath in Edinburgh 2014 (Mark Shearman)

Currently training around 150 miles a week and not focusing on speedwork, he said he was not too concerned with being outsprinted by a quartet led by American Garrett Heath.

“If I train hard, if I concentrate on the 5000m or 10,000m, I can do it,” said the three-time Olympic champion. “Maybe, who knows, I have the dream to maybe again break the 10,000m world record. My dream is not only [centred] on the Olympics and marathons. I want to try one more world record at 10,000m.”

As for future championships on the track, he said: “I can’t say now [my track career is over] because first I want to see how the marathon goes.”

Bekele had announced a few days earlier that he would line up in Paris on April 6 rather than London a week later when he would have raced the other high-profile marathon debutant, Mo Farah. He said his goal would be to win and that he had an eye on the course record of 2:05:12.

In Edinburgh Bekele explained that he felt the Paris race would be more conducive to an even pace, saying: “I need to run a consistent pace to gain experience for the marathon.”

» See the January 16 issue of AW  for nine pages of reports, pictures and results from the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country

4 Responses to “Bekele: I want to break my 10,000m world record”

  1. Matt says:

    Not running in London vs Mo. Now saying that marathons aren't the be-all and end-all for him. Taking part in slightly pointless 4km cross country race (for him).

    Do I detect someone who is confused or unsure about where their talents lie?

    At least Mo has indicated single-minded focus – marathon or bust.

    Just because Bekele is running 150 miles per week, doesn't mean they are quality miles.

    • Jared says:

      Of course, when you've beaten the tar out of another runner at every meaningful distance, does it really matter? Bekele's talents are whatever he wants them to be, you can do that when you hold two world records you know.

    • Monoworldrecords says:

      I wouldn't doubt the King. I'm sure he knows what he's doing.

  2. Bernard Greep says:

    If Bekele wants to do it, he will achieve it. He is head and and shoulders above Farah, who isn't even in his league.

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