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Athletics: All eyes on Kenenisa Bekele as he makes marathon debut in Paris

Published on Apr 5, 2014 5:22 PM
 
Ethiopian running great Kenenisa Bekele says he is in shape and hopeful for a win ahead of his hotly-awaited marathon debut on the streets of Paris on Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) - Ethiopian running great Kenenisa Bekele says he is in shape and hopeful for a win ahead of his hotly-awaited marathon debut on the streets of Paris on Sunday.

The double world record-holder in 5,000m and 10,000m will be the star draw at the Paris marathon, as all eyes will be on him to see how he manages the leap from track superstardom to the ultimate distance.

"I have a good chance to win because I prepared well. I will run to win, I cannot expect myself to lose," he said. "I can't sit, I can't sleep... it's the race."

After an illustrious career in shorter distances, the 31 year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ethiopian "emperor" Haile Gebreselassie, who made a successful leap from the track to the marathon.

 
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