Monday, May 12, 2008

Kenenisa Bekele to make world record attempt at 10k at Pre Classic...

Kenenisa Bekele (above/photo by Paul Merca) of Ethiopia, the reigning World and Olympic champion at 10000 meters, will attempt to break his own world record in the event of 26:17.53, set three years ago in Brussels, Belgium at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, June 8th.

“The record is not easy,” acknowledges Bekele’s representative, Jos Hermens, from his Global Sports Communication office in the Netherlands. “But this is an absolutely serious attempt. His training is going well, and he is 100% ‘go’ for the record.”

Because the margin for error is so small with a record so good, the race will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, before the start of the other events at the 34th annual Prefontaine Classic. “We compiled 20 years of data about wind conditions, humidity, temperature--you name it,” said meet director Tom Jordan. “The conditions are slightly better during the morning than the evening, and Kenenisa will have the thousands of Hayward Field fans behind him.”

The full story can be read here...

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