The long and saddening speculation of missing defending Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele from the London Olympics finally came to a rest after his astonishing win in Birmingham. The world 10,000 meter reigning champion Ibrahim Jeilani is unlikely to set foot at 2012 Olympics.
After two years of nursing a serious calf injury and some unsuccessful international races, Ethiopians who dearly awaited their Beijing double Olympic hero Kenenisa were getting frustrated. They believed Ethiopians threw away both the ten and five thousand meter Olympic gold medals to arch rivals Kenyans.
However the thirty year old Kenenisa with more than dozen records in his hat including 5,000 and 10,000 meters with the season’s second fastest time in the Birmingham 10Km race clocking 27:02.59 and booking a place in Ethiopian athletics squad bound to London.
“I am happy to make it to London to defend my title and I have good time to work hard on speed and endurance,” remarked Kenenisa who also told reporters that he will take part in the Paris diamond league before the Olympics kick-off.
The event was set for the Olympic trials and Kenenisa’s younger brother Tariku Bekele finished runner up with Gebregzabher G/Mariam and Seleshi Sihin coming behind respectively. On the other hand Degu the world 10,000 meter defending champion Ibrahim Jeilani who is back home from his base in the Netherlands started practicing; although it is a bit too late for him to join the squad. According to coach Husein Shebo, Ibrahim’s chance of joining the squad is late but may have a chance in the 5000 meters. Ibrahim started light training at Addis Ababa stadium but has a remote chance to travel to London for yet another lightning performance.