Lausanne, Switzerland - The Stade Olympique de la Pontaise is set to celebrate
a fabulous night of action on Tuesday 6 July for the Athletissima IAAF Super
Grand Prix meeting.
In the city, where the International Olympic Commitee and Olympic Museum are
based, this meeting has assembled an impressive array of World and Olympic
champions with just a month and a half to go to the beginning of the Olympic
track and field programme in the Greek capital.
Bekele – last outing before Athens
The Athletissima meeting will be highlighted by the appearance of World 5000
and 10,000 metres record holder Kenenisa Bekele in the former event, in what
will be his his last competive outing before the Olympic Games.
Bekele has during this season followed in the footsteps of his great
predecessor Haile Gebrselassie by claiming two World records in just ten days.
In the 5000m at last years Athletissima the Ethiopian won in a very easy
13:06.05 after clocking a sensational 52.64 in the last lap. Any other
finishing position than first tomorrow for Bekele would be one of the biggest
shocks in recent athletics history.
The rest of the field includes Bekeles compatriots Sileshi Sihine, who was
second in the Rome Golden League meeting with 12:47.04, the junior Mulugeta
Wondimu (second in Hengelo in 13:01.28), Markos Geneti, and Abyote Abate (PB
13:00.36). The Kenyan challenge is led by John Kibowen, fourth placer at the
World Championships in Paris (12:54.07 - PB), the 2001 World champion Richard
Limo (12:59.37 in Rome on Friday), and Benjamin Limo, the World silver
medallist in the 5000 metres in Seville 1999.
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Four-time World 1500 metres champion Hicham El Guerrouj will attempt ...