Today In Running History: Kenenisa Bekele Sets 10K World Record


August 26, 2005: Ethiopian-born Kenenisa Bekele (far right) sets a new 10K world record at the 29th Memorial Van Damme meeting in Brussels. Despite what you might have seen on a video circulating online, this record was set in Brussels, not in Zurich. His time of 26:17:53 has yet to be touched, and many believe that he will hold on to the record for quite some time. He almost makes it look easy.

In fact, Bekele was unbeaten in the 10K from his debut race in 2003 until 2011. But for those who aren’t familiar with Kenenisa’s achievements, he’s no one hit wonder when it comes to just the 10K. He also holds the world record in the 5K, set back in 2004, and is a two-time Olympic medalist in the 5K competition.

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