Haile Gebreselassie waved bye to Olympics

Tariku Bekele and Lelissa Desisa will take two of the three spots.

After failing to qualify for the Ethiopian team for 2012 London Olympics  in Marathon, Haile Gebreselassie had a shot at the chance at the official 10000m qualification competition at the FBK games held in Hengelo, Netherlands. The Ethiopian team conducted the official qualification competition together with the annual FBK games in Hengelo where the first two top winners will take two of the three spots left for Ethiopian team and with last place reserved for the Olympic Champion Kenenisa Bekele.

Haile cuts a frustrated figure after the race.

There were 16 Ethiopians including the world-famous Seleshi Sehen, Gebreegziabher Gebremariam, Tariku Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie in the 10000m race all vying for the first two spots in the competition which included 2 Kenyans, 4 Eritreans, 2 Ugandan and One athletes each from Djbouti, Mexico and Bahrain. Tariku Bekele, Lelissa Desisa and Gebreegziabher Gebremariam took the first three spots at finishing times of 27:11.70, 27:11.98, 27:12.60 and Haile finished seventh at 27:20.39.

As a result, Tariku Bekele and Lelissa Desisa will represent Ethiopia at the London Olympics together with Kenenisa Bekel who is struggling for form recently. Check out some pictures from the event.


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