Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele

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.
July 07, 2021

Olympic Legend Gail Devers (Guest), Sha'Carri & Bekele OUT, Monaco Preview, Emma Coburn Olympic Favorite? + Meet the Intern

Listen to the team tell you what you need to know about the running world.
July 01, 2021

Kenenisa Bekele Officially Left Off Ethiopian Olympic Team; Gudaf Tsegay Is Running The 5000

The 39-year-old Bekele was left off the team in 2016 and has been left off again in 2021 after failing to run the Ethiopian Olympic trials on May 1 even though in his last marathon he just missed the WR. And Elle Purrier and Laua Muir saw their medal hopes rise substantially as Gudaf Tsegay has been entered in the 5000. *MB: Breaking: Kenenisa Bekele OFFICIALLY off Ethiopian Olympic squad. Laura Muir and Elle Purrier get big boost as Tsegay opts for 5000
April 28, 2021

Kenenisa Bekele Will Not Run Ethiopian Olympic Marathon Trials, His Dream Of Being the 1st Olympic 10,000 and Marathon Champ In 69 Years Won’t Happen Unless The Ethiopian Federation Changes Course

Bekele, who says he is totally healthy, is protesting his exclusion from the team as prior to Covid-19 it was stated that Ethiopia would select their marathon team based on who had the fastest times during the qualifying window and he led the pack on that front by over a minute. Due to injury, Birhanu Legese and Mule Wasihun will also miss out meaning the 2nd, 3rd and 10th fastest men in history will all miss the race.
April 27, 2021

The Ethiopian Olympic Marathon Trials Will Now Be Held in Ethiopia, Not Switzerland, on Saturday and Kenenisa Bekele Might Not Run Them

There are significant injury worries about Ethiopia's three biggest men's stars - Kenenisa Bekele (three-time Olympic gold medalist, second-fastest marathon ever), Birhanu Legese (two-time Tokyo champ, 2:02:48 pb), and Mosinet Geremew (WC silver 2:02:55 pb).
March 29, 2021

What's the Deal With the Ethiopian Olympic Marathon Trials?

Ethiopia is planning on holding an Olympic marathon trials in Geneva on May 2, and there are plenty of questions about it. Why was it announced so late? Who is running? And what does this mean for Kenenisa Bekele? We give you the scoop - straight from the mouth of the Ethiopian Olympic marathon coach, Haji Adilo.