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  • Kenenisa Bekele Runs 2:03:03 In Berlin, Misses WR By Six Seconds Kenenisa Bekele Runs 2:03:03 In Berlin, Misses WR By Six Seconds

     

    Kenenisa Bekele is going for the marathon world record again in just 11 days. Bekele, who has the 5K world record at 12:37 and the 10K world record at 26:17 and is the second fastest marathoner ever in 2:03:03, announced last night that he's going for the world record in Dubai. 2:02:57 is the world record, held by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya. Bekele's time is the Ethiopian record. The Dubai Marathon is Friday, January 20.

    According to Pat Butcher, who broke the news, Bekele said "It was fantastic for me to get a personal best [in Berlin], but I'm still disappointed to have missed out on the world record. But I could see that I still had to make a couple of changes in my training." Bekele's performance in Berlin was the second-fastest ever on a record legal course. (Geoffrey Mutai ran a wind-aided 2:03:02 in Boston in 2011.)

    Just a few hours after the Dubai news broke, April's London Marathon announced that Bekele is racing there as well. Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa, Olympic 4th-placer Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, and two-time world champ/defending Chicago champion Abel Kirui will be joining Bekele in London. London is April 23, almost exactly three months after Dubai.

    Conspicuously absent from the London announcement was two-time defending London champ and Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge. Nikeannounced earlier this year that Kipchoge will be attempting a sub-two-hour marathon on a non-record-legal course this spring, which means that Kipchoge and Bekele will likely have missed each other at the Olympics, Dubai, and London. Bekele was a controversial non-selection for the Ethiopian Olympic team this summer. 

    2:03:03 is 4:41 mile pace for 26.2 miles; 1:59:59 is 4:34 pace.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s Private Plane Crashes

     

    Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Manuel Blondeau/AOP.Press/Corbis via Getty Images

    Safe! Cristiano Ronaldo’s private jet crashed in Barcelona on Monday, September 26, but the soccer superstar was not on board.

    According to ESPN, the plane’s landing gear broke down as it was nearing Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Monday, causing it to run off the runway upon landing.

     

    Miraculously, no one was injured in the accident. (According to Spanish media reports, the plane seats eight passengers and a crew of two, but it is unclear how many people were aboard the aircraft at the time of the incident.)

    Ronaldo, 31, was in Dortmund, Germany, at the time with his team, Real Madrid, in preparation for a match against Borussia Dortmund.

     

    The Portuguese hunk — one of the world’s richest athletes, worth an estimated $320 million — made headlines in July afterhe suffered a serious knee injury at the Euro 2016 Final tournament against France on Sunday, July 10. Ronaldo collided with France midfielder Dimitri Payet, causing him to collapse on the ground in excruciating pain.

    The 6-foot-1 player was taken off the field on a stretcher, and was replaced by teammate Ricardo Quaresma.

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  • Ethiopian Paralympian makes anti-government gesture

    Ethiopian Paralympic runner Tamiru Demisse crossed his arms above his head in a political protest as he went over the finish line in Rio.

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    Tamiru came in second in his 1500m T13 race for visually impaired runners.

    The gesture echoed the one made by compatriot Feyisa Lilesa at the end of the Olympic marathon.

    It refers to protesters from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia who have been involved in months of demonstrations as they demand greater political rights.

    Feyisa is now in the United States after saying it was not safe for him to return home.

     

     

    Tamiru's 1500m race was also notable for the fact that the top three runners, Algeria's Abdellatif Baka, Tamiru and Kenya's Henry Kirwa, all ran times faster than the winner of the Olympic 1500m race.

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  • Getaneh Kebede joins Dedebit FC

    (by Daily New Share) Ethiopian national team forward, Getaneh Kebede, who was playing for South African side Pretoria University has signed new 2 years contract for Ethiopian Premier League side Dedebit FC at 3 million Birr, said sources.                                      

    Getaneh, who returned back to his old club, is one of African (AFCON 2017) qualifiers matches top goal scorers with 6 goals after netting the opening goal for the home side last Saturday against Seychelles.       

    The player signed the contact for 1.5 million Birr annual salary which calculates 125,000 Birr per month, 31,250 Birr a week or 4110 a day, according to sources.

    Image: Getaneh Kebede

     

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  • Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa shows solidarity with protesters in Ethiopia' - LOS ANGELES TIMES

    Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia was nearing the finish line at the men’s marathon on Sunday morning when he crossed his wrists above his head.

    The silver medalist did it again. And once more at the end of an extraordinary news conference -- standing alone and posing for photographers -- in which he explained his show of solidarity with protesters in his homeland, Ethiopia.

    He explained that the gesture was in protest of the killing of the Oromo people, saying he stands with the resistance movement, adding that the government was “killing our people.”

    Lilesa was asked about the consequences of his protest. He said maybe “they kill me…if not they kill me, they put me in prison.”

    Later, it was mentioned that the International Olympic Committee frowned upon political protests/gestures at the Games.

    Said Lilesa: “They can’t do anything. It’s my feeling.”

     

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