Sunday, March 20, 2005

A Double Win for Ethiopia

photo courtesy: IAAF.org

On a tide of emotion, Kenenisa Bekele swept to the greatest victory of his sensational career when he collected a fourth consecutive IAAF World Cross Country Championships short race title on St-Galmier Hippodrome on Saturday (19 March) infront of over 18,500 spectators.

He cast aside the burden of a broken heart, following the death of his teenage fiancee, World Youth 1500 metres champion Alem Techale, to win a breathtaking race in 26-degree heat.

"Joy comes frequently in life but grief on this level is something that you encounter very rarely," he said, "so to come here to this competition, where I first made my name, and to win after losing Alem is a very significant victory for me."

Also, Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba emulated her compatriot Kenenisa Bekele in landing the world cross-country double today as she added the short title to the long one she won the day before.

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