Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Despite 11th place standing in Edinburgh Kenenisa still on the high

Beijing Olympic double gold medallist Kenenisa Bekele’s Edinburgh 11th position was very alarming for most Ethiopian athletics fans. In the eyes of these athletics fans it is hard to expect something substantial in London Olympics. But Kenenisa looks confident when he heard reporters say they were happy to see him back on track, “Well, the result is very disappointing. I didn’t expect that I would finish this far. But considering my long injury this shows that I can make up myself. It is possible to build up my form gradually towards London.”
This was the third big show for Kenenisa after being sidelined for months due to a sustained injury.  In his first appearance in the World Championship held in South Korean city of Dageu in August he pulled out half way. In his second race he registered the best time of the year. But in the third he made a disastrous failure. This shocking eleventh spot may be for the first time in his career.
Many athletics worshippers are now very worried that he can’t be fully fit for the big show in London Olympic that is in seven months. “I saw Kenenisa at Mombassa cross Country Championship dropping out in a very confusing manner. I thought that was the end of his athletic career. But it was not to be so. After that he made a dramatic triumph at the Beijing Olympics. If the past is any guide he will make another upsurge. I am optimistic,” the long time fan Abera Tsige commented.
However, the former IAAF world athlete of the year with twenty cross country medals is still hopeful to run in London in both 5000 & 10,000 meter races. Although would have quit a year earlier  had it not been for the strong support of his family and friends, Kenenisa appears once again in hunger to win in front of world athletics worshippers and thus decided for a slow build up until glory days come in July 2012.
Kenenisa seems to be a successful businessperson. His newly built two hotels, one at Bole and the other opposite to the Bole Medhane-Alem Church, are ready to be inaugurated in three months. If the inauguration and success at London goes together it will be one of the greatest moments in his life.