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Ethiopia: "Kenenisa Bekele is the greatest distance runner in history" says Alberto Salazar
American coach believes Kenenisa Bekele is the No.1 distance runner in history due to his huge number of global titles and “awfully fast” world records
Alberto Salazar says Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia is the greatest distance runner in history and Mo Farah has a massive challenge if he wants to break Bekele’s “incredible” world records for 5000m and 10,000m.
In December the BBC quoted Salazar as saying he thought Farah was the greatest distance runner of all time. But in an interview in the latest issue of Athletics Weekly, the American coach says his words were taken slightly out of context.
Speaking to David Cox for AW, Salazar explained: “I was asked about how I thought he compared to others in history and I said that I thought what he did (in London) is as good as what anybody else has done. Because other people have won those events (the 5000m and 10,000m at the Olympics), but Mo has done it in an era where it’s much more competitive to 20 or 30 years ago.”
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Indeed Kenenisa is great. Mo Farrah just won some events. But Kenenisa made history by breaking records after records.
Kenenisa, like his predecessor the great Hile G/S, has accomplished unforgettable and significant achievement, which changed the running world, and will go in the history books as the Ethiopian duo the fastest long distance runners.
Depending on who you are running against, Keninesa ran against outstanding Hisham Al Gurush, Gebresilase ran against Paul Tergat. Mo Farah ran against aging athletes he is yet to prove himself, just because big mouth BBC behind him doesn’t make him greatest.
even though all athletes work hard to get to the top but sometimes depending on who you run against, some athletes are unlucky, for example Paul Tergat superb athlete but Haile Gabresilase overshadowed him. Another good athlete is ZerSenay Taddesse but overshadowed by Kenenisa Bekele all the time.
Mo is average at best. He won the 10000m against an aging and injury prone Kenenisa, and he won the 5000m because that Keneyan reject (Legat) blocked Dejen - Dejen was also stupid to stay in the middle too. Where was Mo when Kenenisa was at his best? Athletics fans and Ethiopians don’t need this nobody to tell us who is great - we know. He is only saying this now because he realizes his claim of Mo being the best ever was ridiculous.
Depends on who you are and how you define “greatest".
If you are someone too young, never won an olympic gold, and never watched Abebe Bikila running and his history, of course every who nowadays rans faster than Abebe did bare foot is you “greatest". For me, and in fact for Ethiopians, including “the greatest” Kenenissa, and infact for all of Africa, the greatest all time runner remains the one who overcame the most challenges, namely: breaking the tabboo of being the first African Gold medalist, being the inspirator and “father” of all ethiopian atheltics, running BARE FOOT in enemy’s land, winning double Olympic marathon Gold medals both in record times, one of them just one week after appendicities surgery.
Bikila set the bar so high that probably no one will ever cross again. Ask haile if he runs 10 meters bare foot! He will probably give a blow in the face!
If he refers to the living ones, he may be right, but I am still not convinced. I would give that title of greatest runner to none but our own Tirunesh Dibaba!
An athlete ( Mo Farra) who lost 10 k world championship in 2011 be considered par with athletes who dominated the long distance for over a decade ( haile/kenenisa)? What happened to your memory !
Kenenisa interviewed feels disappointed for his fans that he didn’t win at Olympic, still thinks he could perform as good as when he was younger at his peak, I guess his time for 10k and 5k has passed he better focus on marathon. He listen to his heart telling him come on you can do it but biological body clock countdown against him.
The English have a bad habit of exaggerating when it comes to their own athletes and artists. Anyone who knows how the mediocre footballer David Beckham has become one of the richest and famed sportsman of the world knows what i’m talking about. UK’s propaganda machine, not talent, is the fuel behind Beckham’s success. Thanks to BBC and friends, Bekham has achieved riches behind an inflated fame that has nothing to do with his performance on the soccer pitch. Now, they are trying their luck on the equally unimpressive Mo Farah. Mo Farah the greatest athlete ever??? Give me a break! That is absurd and ridiculous to say the least. Has Mo ever break any international record? Did he ever won successive cross country championships on the arduous fields of Europe? There are Haile, Tirunesh, Kenenisa, and many other prominent athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya, and there are the others at the bottom such as Mo Farah. Kenenisa and Mo are from different leagues or classes. They are not even comparable.
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