Kenenisa Bekele's Paris Marathon run ends hopes of Mo Farah

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Kenenisa Bekele's Paris Marathon run ends hopes of Mo Farah

Unread postby zeru » 09 Jan 2014 09:01

Kenenisa Bekele, right, beat Britain's Mo Farah in the Great North Run half-marathon last September. Photograph: Ian Macnicol/AFP/Getty Images

Kenenisa Bekele will make his marathon debut in Paris in April after the prospect of a clash with Mo Farah in London failed to materialise.
Ethiopia's three-times former Olympic champion had been widely tipped to line up alongside Farah at the London Marathon, but the race director, Dave Bedford, said recently it had become an unlikely prospect.
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Kenenisa Bekele, right, beat Britain's Mo Farah in the Great North Run half-marathon last September. Photograph: Ian Macnicol/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Marathon organisers confirmed in a statement on Thursday that Bekele will instead line up in their race on 6 April – seven days before Farah makes his own debut at the 26-mile distance.
The statement said: "Kenenisa Bekele, triple Olympic champion and five-times world champion over 5,000m and 10,000m, will line up at the start of the 38th edition of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon.
"The 31-year-old Ethiopian athlete will make his debut in the marathon on 6 April with the aim of having a shot at the times of the world's best runners over the distance."
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