I don't buy he doesn't want to do worlds...I think he likes the world titles. Just think last summer after failing to make Rio in the marathon he raced the 10,000m trials with no preparation which showed how bad he wanted to go to Rio...he could of just focused on marathons at that point
- After failing to make it to Rio, he (Jos Hermans) said Bekele wants to race in London against Farah in the 10,000m
- after his success in Berlin, he again stated he wanted to race WC in London..probably now referring to marathon.
- now in this most recent news release, he states he wants to race WC if selected.
I think he wants to get another world title
Canova statement makes lots of sense. Bekele just ran the second fastest time ever barely three months ago. No doubt he took a break after that and got to be about a month or so. To expect him to get to the same top shape in less than three months is ridiculo. A time of 2:04 is however possible and maybe a course record, and thereafter he can sharpen his shape to be in world record form in London.
On not running 2017 world championship, it is about the prestige derived from running it. Bekele has lots of gold medals from world championship and therefore has no motivation to do it again. Instead he would rather chase fast times in Berlin or elsewhere. Why he wanted to race Rio and especially in the marathon is because Ethiopia has a long tradition with Olympic marathon victories which began with legendary Abebe Bikila. An Olympic gold medal in the marathon signifies the pinnacle of success in one's athletic career.