Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:41

Kenenisa Bekele gone out of Ethiopia's Olympic team

The Olympic Champion Bekele, who holds the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events, has been left of Ethiopia's athletics squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The triple Olympic gold medal winner failed to make the team in both the marathon and the 10,000 meters.

Kenenisa had required a resolution to left him out of the marathon team due to a lack of race time, while his wiches of running the 10,000 meters in Rio games 2016 were effectively dashed when he failed to finish a race in Hengelo, which doubled up as an Olympic trial.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation said in a statement it had picked former world champion Ibrahim Jeilan, 2012 World Junior champion Yigrem Demelash, Tamirat Tola and Abadi Hadis for the 10,000 meters in Rio games 2016.

Kenenisa, who won gold in the 10,000 meters at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in Beijing four years later, was left out of the marathon team having not run enough big races over the past year and he's considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time, owning several world records and an array of medals.

Reuters -- OmRiyadat