Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele

April 21, 2024

Did Kenenisa Bekele Do Enough at the London Marathon to Make The Ethiopian Olympic Team? The Case For & Against

Bekele hasn't appeared in the Olympics since 2012 but he is the only Ethiopian to have broken 2:05:00 in both 2023 and 2024.
April 21, 2024

6 Thoughts on 2024 London Marathon: Mutiso Wins, Jepchirchir Is Clutch, & Brilliant Brits

Peres Jepchirchir is back and showed her chances of back-to-back Olympic golds are very real, while Emile Cairess (2:06:46) is now the second-fastest Brit ever.
April 18, 2024

5 Things to Watch at 2024 London Marathon: A STACKED Women's Race & Bekele's Last Ride?

How will Tigst Assefa run in her first race since her epic 2:11:53 world record in Berlin? And could 41-year-old Kenenisa Bekele make his 4th Olympic team? *Official 2024 London Marathon Discussion Thread
March 17, 2024

Grøvdal, Kipchumba Take Victories At United Airlines NYC Half

Karoline Grøvdal and Abel Kipchumba got the $20,000 wins as Kenenisa Bekele and Clayton Young struggled but have their eyes on bigger prizes down the road.
February 22, 2024

Kenenisa Bekele, Connor Mantz & Clayton Young To Headline 2024 United Airlines NYC Half

Kenyans Abel Kipchumba (58:06) and Gladys Chepkurui (65:46) are the fastest entrants in the field for the March 17 race.
December 03, 2023

7 BIG Takeaways From an Amazing 2023 Valencia Marathon

Sisay Lemma was unreal, Joshua Cheptegei BLEW UP, Worknesh Degefa is better than ever, Valencia's depth was record-breaking, BAD NEWS FOR US MARATHON FANS and Kenenisa Bekele is back baby!!
November 30, 2023

2023 Valencia Marathon Preview: 5K/10K World Record Holder Joshua Cheptegei Makes Historic Debut

For the 1st time in nearly 50 years, the men's 5,000 and 10,000 WR holder will debut in the marathon while still being the best in the world on the track. Former HM world record holder Kibiwott Kandie and Kenenisa Bekele are also running, while Almaz AyanaGenzebe Dibaba, and 2019 Boston champ Worknesh Degefa lead the women's field.
September 13, 2023

WTW: Mo Farah Has Retired - Where Does He Rank Amongst the All-Time Distance Greats?

The Brits say he's their greatest ever but might he actually be behind Paul Tergat? Plus let's hope Addy Wiley takes a lesson from the Mo Farah playbook.
September 30, 2022

Kenenisa Bekele: "[2:01:41] Is Not Enough. I Want More"

In a one-on-one exclusive with, Bekele reveals that even at 40 he's motivated by the marathon world record, but even he knows it won't come in Sunday's London Marathon. *MB: Does Bekele break Kipchoge’s London record? Update: Bekele tells Letsrun he still wants the WR.
September 29, 2022

London Marathon M Preview: Who Will Win a Deep Race with No Clear Favorite?

A record six sub-2:04 men will battle in London on Sunday. Does Kenenisa Bekele have anything left? Will Sisay Lemma repeat? Can "Bronze Man" Bashir Abdi win his first major? We break down the men's field. *MB: London Marathon men's predictions. Jonathan Gault says the 2022 London winner will be.....
April 07, 2022

Jos Hermens: Kenenisa Bekele Has Recovered From An Injury While Training For Boston But Didn't Have "Enough Time" To Do Well

Bekele's camp has revealed that the soon to be 40-year old isn't done. "[For his] next race after New York, he wants to be top [fitness] and show something special!"
April 05, 2022

Kenenisa Bekele Withdraws, But Did the 2022 Boston Marathon Field Just Get Even Better? Plus Sara Hall Is Out

Boston is adding London champ Sisay Lemma and 2:02 man Birhanu Legese. Kellyn Taylor is also out of the women’s race. *MB: BREAKING: Bekele (and Sara Hall) DNS 2022 Boston, Sisay Lemma + Birhanu Legese ADDED to Race 
January 13, 2022

Kenenisa Bekele vs Geoffrey Kamworor at 2022 Boston Marathon as Men's Elite Field Announced - 5 Thoughts On The Stellar Field

Bekele vs Kamworor vs Lawrence Cherono and the defending champ and NY champ. 4 of the top 10 in the world plus Jake Riley, Scott Fauble, Collin Bennie, Elkanah Kibet and more. * MB: It's on! Bekele vs Kamworor in Boston   . Updated with analysis
November 04, 2021

Kenenisa Bekele Has Big Expectations for His New York City Marathon Debut

The greatest distance runner in history sounded very confident when we caught up with him this morning in New York. "On Sunday, I expect a good day and good result," said Bekele who has recovered nicely since Berlin.
September 26, 2021

Guye Adola (2:05:45) Hangs on to Win 2021 Berlin Marathon After 60:48 First Half; Kenenisa Bekele 3rd as Gotytom Gebreslase Wins In Her Debut

It was a survival contest the final half-marathon in Berlin, as the crazy fast pace (60:48 at half way) and warm conditions took its toll on the entire field. Guye Adola emerged as the winner, Bekele in 3rd. Gotytom Gebreslase was impressive in her debut.
September 23, 2021

Can Kenenisa Bekele Break the Marathon World Record In Berlin? "He's In Perfect Shape Now....I Think So," Says His Coach

Jonathan Gault spoke to Bekele's coach Haji Adilo and his agent Jos Hermens to get the scoop on the 39-year-old's preparations ahead of Sunday's Berlin Marathon. Adilo was very bullish on Bekele saying he thought the prep work had gone a little bit better than two years ago when he ran 2:01:41. *MB: Set your alarm clocks now. Bekele's coach: "He's in perfect shape now....I think [he can break the WR]."
September 07, 2021

September 26: Kenenisa Bekele And Hiwot Gebrekidan Lead Powerful Ethiopian Challenge At The Berlin Marathon

Bekele won this race in 2016 and 2019, each time missing the WR by only seconds. Gebrekidan has the fastest time in the world this year at 2:19:35.
August 19, 2021

Why Kenenisa Bekele Is Running the Berlin AND New York City Marathons This Fall

Bekele will make his NYC debut just six weeks after Berlin. Will he be recovered enough to make it to the start line? We got the inside scoop from his agent Jos Hermens.