Berlin, Germany – Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia looked as if he had left himself open to defeat in the 5000 metres, by doing the majority of the leading at too leisurely a pace, on the final, Day Nine of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
But Bekele obviously wanted to do it the hard way. He didn’t even try to wind it up with a kilometre to go, but left it ‘til the last lap, even the final 200 metres.
Defending champion, and most experienced man in the field, Bernard Lagat had run cannily, and was poised on Bekele’s shoulder, with half a lap left. Lagat duly kicked past into the straight, but Bekele was equal to the challenge, and eased away to victory in 13:17.09, punching the air in an unprecedented display of satisfaction as he crossed the line…..Read More