Track And Field: The New King of Distance Running

The men's 10,000 m, the first marquee race of the track-and-field events, was always going be Ethiopia's. The only question was which Ethiopian: the popular two-time gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie, 31, or the astonishing young Kenenisa Bekele, 22? In just nine days last spring, Bekele smashed Gebrselassie's records in both the 10,000 m and the 5,000 m. Perhaps, though, the wily old campaigner had one last victory in him.

For the first few laps of the 25-lap race, Gebrselassie stayed with the lead pack as it glided its way around the graceful Olympic Stadium. By the 5000-m mark, Bekele, Gebrselassie and...

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