October 22, 2021

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The legend that fights time

The legend that fights time

Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele have nothing to do with this.

However, every time someone performs, the marathon world stops.

Kipchoge (36), world record holder, double Olympic champion (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020), The only person to break the two-hour barrierHe is a pendulum and a philosopher.

He never breaks down in the race, he’s always unsteady, hardly pointing, his face barely changing, his cadence barely changing: Eliud Kipchoge is the perfect marathon runner.


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Kenenisa Bekele (39 years old) is a fire, and it hurts, spits, stings, cuts the line and re-enters the group, It comes and goes and becomes fat and thinand makes the marathon a deception of the tongue that confuses those who think about it, because they no longer know where the Ethiopian will go.

Even the Bekele rabbits do not understand anything, which is why they get lost in the race when they notice that the star suddenly no longer follows them: they have to slow down, because they have to wait for the leader, as in bicycle races.

Marathon, deception of the tongue

Bekele is fire, suffer and spit and point and get off the hook and back into the group, come and go and get fat and get thin, make the marathon a tool of the tongue.

All of these things, Bekele things, live this morning the wonderful Berlin Marathon, the marathon of records (there have fallen eleven world records, including the current 2h01m39s from Kipchoge in 2018), the first of Specialties SEIS (Berlin, Chicago, Boston, New York, London and Tokyo) that have regained a massive influx after the pandemic, with 24,700 marathons running.

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There, between the Kottbuser Tor and Unter den Linden, we saw Bickel in his purest form.

The man, who says he still feels young despite his 39-year-old (he intends to compete in the New York Marathon, looming, on November 7), did not win and who, paradoxically and speculatively, was hanging on for the kilometer. 17, when the group circulated in the 2m55s.

By that time, the organization was already calling out for rabbits.

He made them stop, because they lost the legend.

Everything came to a sudden stop, and so Bekele returned to the group, already at kilometer 25, when there were finally no rabbits left, to regain the test pulse and even the dynamite of the group before finally conceding, already at kilometer 36, and watching from behind how Gay Adula, the Ethiopian like Bekele, competed , and Bethuel Egon, Kenya, on victory.

(Adola, in 2h05m45s, prevailed against Yegon 2h06m14s; in the women’s, Ethiopian woman, Goytom Gebreslase, debuting at distance, also won in 2h20m09s.)

Yegun and Adula, in yellow, at kilo 39, at the Berlin Marathon

Yegun and Adula, in yellow, at kilo 39, at the Berlin Marathon

Odd Andersen / AFP

Nothing went as expected for the organizers, who had rubbed their hands the day before excited by Bekele’s message:

Training rhythms tell me everything. I see myself with the potential to break the world record – the Ethiopian had announced.

hopeful announcement

“The rhythms of the training tell me everything. I see myself with the potential to break the world record,” the Ethiopian declared on the eve.

He has been ordering rabbits at a record pace, and he has never seen one.

And you had to believe him, because in his day he held the world records for 5,000 and 10,000 metres, won countless world titles on the show, and touched the marathon record (2 h 01 d 41) there, in Berlin, in 2019.

Goytom Gebreslase celebrates winning the women's event, in front of the Brandenburg Gate

Goytom Gebreslase celebrates winning the women’s event, in front of the Brandenburg Gate

Tobias Schwartz/AFP

After his defeat, Bekele entered third place at 2:06:47, a great record for any human but disappointing for the legend.

And so the Ethiopian genius continues to shoot the site but stirs up the marathon world every time he appears on the scene, a gift to the senses, through thick and thin.