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    El Guerrouj conquers his Olympic demons

    Hicham El Guerrouj had every reason to feel nervous as he prepared for Athens. It wasn't that he had any doubts in his own ability; after all he was widely regarded to be the greatest middle-distance runner in the world. However, the Moroccan was haunted by memories of the previous two Olympic Games, when the he had been dogged by misfortune.
    28 Aug 2004 |
  • News | Athens 2004

    Bekele emerges from Gebrselassie’s shadow

    Ahead of the men’s 10,000m everyone was asking the same question: could the great Haile Gebrselassie really do it again? Having won the Olympic title twice, the Ethiopian had been crowned world champion four times and spent more than a decade at the top of world athletics. Could he stay there in Athens?
    20 Aug 2004 | Athens 2004, Olympic News, BEKELE, Kenenisa, Ethiopia, Athletics
  • Hicham el Guerrouj (MAR)

    Hicham el Guerrouj (MAR)

    Moroccan runner Hicham el Guerrouj presents his gold medal on the podium for the 5,000m event of the Athens 2004 OG. Alongside him are Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele (silver medal) on the left and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (bronze medal) on the right ©IOC
    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 1:49 PM | Photo
  • Olympics Day 15 Athletics Mens 5000m

    Olympics Day 15 Athletics Mens 5000m

    BEIJING - AUGUST 23: Gold medal winner Kenenisa Bekele (C) of Ethiopia celebrates with countrymen Tariku Bekele and Abreham Cherkos after the Men's 5000m Final held at the National Stadium on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Friday, August 22, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Mens 10000m Finals

    Mens 10000m Finals

    ATHENS - AUGUST 20: Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine of Ethiopia lead the men's 10,000 metre event on August 20, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Haile Gebrselassie;Kenenisa Bekele;Sileshi Sihine
    Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Mens 10000m Medal Ceremony

    Mens 10000m Medal Ceremony

    ATHENS - AUGUST 21: Bronze medalist Zersenay Tadesse of Eritrea celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony of the men's 10,000 metre event on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia came first and Sileshi Sihine of Ethiopia came second. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zersenay Tadesse
    Friday, August 20, 2004 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Mens 5000m Medal Ceremony

    Mens 5000m Medal Ceremony

    ATHENS - AUGUST 28: Gold medalist Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, silver medalist Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia (L) and bronze medalist Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony of the men's 5,000 metre medal ceremony on August 28, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Sports Complex in Athens, Greece (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hicham El Guerrouj;Kenenisa Bekele;Eliud Kipchoge
    Friday, August 27, 2004 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Bekele Wins Second Gold in Olympic Record Time | Video

    Bekele Wins Second Gold in Olympic Record Time

    Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele takes the historic double in the 5000m and 10000m as he smashes Saïd Aouita's Olympic record by almost 8 seconds with a time of 12:57.82. Bekele paces himself over much of the race and accelerates to a final lap time of 53.87. Athletics 5000m Men Final - Olympic Record (12:57.82) - Beijing 2008 - Kenenisa Bekele (ETH), Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (KEN)
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