Bekele is the three-time Olympic gold medal winner of 5000 meters and 10000 meters above, and is the headline figure in the men’s elite competition in New York.
Seven years ago, the only marathon he participated in in the United States was fourth place in Chicago, and the Ethiopian was eager for success when he was preparing to take to the streets of New York.
“Really, I want to achieve good results in the United States. That’s why I chose the New York Marathon,” Bekeler told reporters this week.
“The New York Marathon is a big publicity, and it is also a big marathon in the true sense. It is perfect to get good results in this marathon. For me, it is also good to create more history in the sports world.”
Although people expect him to challenge the record of 2 hours, 1:39, seconds set by Kipchoge in Berlin this year, Bekeler said that he fouled when he finished third, stayed up all night, and fell behind champion Guye Adola. More than a minute.
“I’m not ready for that game yet,” Becquer explained. “A few weeks before the game, I was not very confident. It was a bit difficult for me because I didn’t sleep well the day before, and I was really bad luck the night before. It also made me very tired.
“I’m recovering well… At this moment, I am really strong. I hope I can get good results on Sunday.”
For the organizers who cancelled last year’s New York City Marathon during the pandemic, having a figure like Becquer on the starting line on Sunday is a boon.
In addition to his three Olympic gold medals (including the 2008 Beijing Olympics 5000m and 10000m double gold medals) and a silver medal, he also won five World Athletics Championships from 2003 to 2009.
Bekele’s world record of 5 billion has been maintained for 16 years. It was broken by Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda last year, and his world record of 1 billion, which has been maintained for 15 years, was also broken by Cheeptegei last year.
In recent years, after struggling with injuries and conditions, Bekeler now has a second chance to win a major marathon in the United States.
It is almost impossible for him to come close to his best marathon performance in New York. Unlike Berlin, this stadium that runs through the five administrative districts of the city rarely brings fast performances.
“I know the track is tough and there are no pacemakers in the game. It’s more about attention and tactical games,” Bekeler said.
He will compete with Dutch player Adbi Nagye, who won the silver medal at the Sapporo Olympics three months ago, and Kenyan player Kibiwott Kandie, the half-marathon world record holder. The latter will participate for the first time. Marathon.
The women’s competition was led by Olympic gold medalist Perez Jepkir of Kenya. U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel will join her.
Another athlete to watch is the American star Shalane Flanagan, who tried to run six marathons in 42 days. Having completed the marathons in Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston and Portland-all times between 2:35:14 and 2:46:39-Flanagan’s goal is to complete her in New York challenge.
As for Bekeler, like many other runners who will be on the starting line on Sunday, he is happy to be able to compete in New York after the pandemic and cancellation last year.
“Seeing the people of New York participate in this game again-it’s great for me to see that,” he said. “I want to wish all participants good luck.”
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