Usain Bolt would win against Kenenisa Bekele – according to a recent poll on All-Athletics.com.
All-Athletics.com asked their readers who would win a Bolt vs. Bekele 600m race.
Usain Bolt holds the world’s record for the 100 and 200 meter dash and Kenenisa Bekele is the world record holder in the 5000 and 10,000 meter races.
So why wasn’t the matchup between the greatest sprinter in the world and the greatest distance runner in the world done at the 800 meter race distance?
There are no 600 meter races in the world of Track & Field. If you’re going to have the world best sprinter go against the world’s greatest distance runner then it should be done at the middle distance range of 800.
At the 800 I would place my money on Kenenisa Bekele, at the 400 the odds would be in favor of Bolt.
At any rate in the All-Athletes.com poll the Jamaican superstar is thought to be the favorite in the 600 meter race over the great Ethiopian star.
Results of the poll:
48% – Usain Bolt would win
42% – Kenenisa Bekele would win
10% – They think it is a stupid idea
I for one thought it to be a Stupid Idea!
Kenenisa Bekele won two gold medals at the 2009 World Championships, held in Berlin. His double victories in 5,000 m (13:17.09) and 10,000 m (26:46.31) were unprecedented and by doing this became the first man to take both the long distance track gold medals at the same World Championships. In spite of his unrivalled success in athletics, he did not experience the mainstream appeal that others such as Haile Gebrselassie did.
Current world records
- 5,000 m world record 12:49.60 (Birmingham, on 20 February 2004)
- 5,000 m world record 12:37.35 (Amsterdam, on 31 May 2004)
- 10,000 m world record 26:17.53 (Brussels, on 26 August 2005, breaking his previous record of 26:20.31 from 8 June 2004)
- 2,000 m indoor world record 4:49.99 (Birmingham, on 17 February 2007)
- 2 mile indoor world best 8:04.35 (Birmingham, on 16 February 2008)
- Long-Distance Prodigy
- The son of a farmer, Kenenisa Bekele was inspired to begin running by the athletic feats of fellow Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie. After setting a world junior record for the 3,000m in 2001, Bekele achieved his first senior success at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships in Dublin, where he became the first man to win the long and short races at the same championships. Bekele retained both titles in 2003 and again in 2004.
- At the 2003 World Championships of Athletics, Bekele won the 10,000m and finished third in the 5,000m. In the run-up to the Athens Games, during a 10-day period, Bekele broke Gebrselassie’s world records in both the 10,000m and the 5,000m.
- At the Olympics, he entered the 10,000m along with his idol, Gebrselassie, and a third Ethiopian, Sileshi Sihine. The Ethiopians took charge halfway through the race. When Gebrselassie began to fade, Bekele slowed down to allow him to catch up.
- Eventually Bekele and Sihine pulled away from the other runners, while Bekele finally drove to victory by running the last lap in 53 seconds, setting an Olympic record in the process. Eight days later, he faced 1,500m champion Hicham El Guerrouj in the final of the 5,000m. Bekele took the lead from Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya on the final lap, but with 60m to go, El Guerrouj caught him and won by two-tenths of a second, while Bekele won the silver medal.
All-athletics.com has ranked the top 20 male performaces at the IAAF World Championship Track & Field Meet from Berlin.
|Christian Cantwell||Shot Put|
|Dwight Phillips||Long Jump|
|Phillips Idowu||Triple Jump|
|Sergey Kirdyapkin||50km Walk|
|Kerron Clement||400m Hurdles|
|Steven Hooker||Pole Vault|
|Ryan Braithwaite||110m Hurdles|
|Valeriy Borchin||20km Walk|
|Trinidad and Tobago||4x100m|
|Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong||3000mSC|
Christian Cantwell of the US won the shot put event in Berlin elevating himself as the number one athlete in the world championship rankings.
|100 m||Usain Bolt (JAM)|
|200m||Usain Bolt (JAM)|
|400m||Yannick Fonsat (FRA).)|
|800m||Michael Rimmer (GBR)|
|1500m||Yusuf Saad Kamel (BRN)|
|5000m||Matt Tegenkamp (USA|
|10000m||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)|
|110/100m Hurdles||Ryan Brathwaite (BAR)|
|400m Hurdles||Kerron Clement (USA)|
|3000m Steeple||Jukka Keskisalo (FIN)|
|High Jump||Silvano Chesani (ITA)|
|Pole Vault||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)|
|Long Jump||Dwight Phillips (USA|
|Triple Jump||Philips Idown (GBR)|
|Shot Put||Christian Cantwell (USA)|
|Discus Throw||Robert Harting (GER)|
|Hammer Throw||Yury Shayunou (BLR)|
|Javelin Throw||Teemu Wirkkala (FIN|
|Race Walking||Dawid Tomola (POL)|
|Decathlon/Heptathlon||Eelco Sintnicolaas (NED)|
The 5000 metres (approximately 3.1 miles) is a popular running distance also known as a 5K or 5 km, colloquially “five-K”. It is one of the track events in the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics.
Listed below is the best 5K runners, male/female, in the world:
|12:37.35||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)||Hengelo||May 31 2004|
|12:39.36||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||Helsinki||June 13, 1998|
|12:39.74||Daniel Komen (KEN)||Brussels||August 22, 1997|
|12:46.53||Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)||Rome||July 2, 2004|
|12:47.04||Sileshi Sihine (ETH)||Rome||July 2, 2004|
|12:48.66||Isaac Songok (KEN)||Zürich||August 18, 2006|
|12:48.81||Stephen Cherono (KEN)||Ostrava||June 12, 2003|
|12:49.28||Brahim Lahlafi (MAR)||Brussels||August 25, 2000|
|12:49.71||Mohammed Mourhit (BEL)||Brussels||August 25, 2000|
|12:49.87||Paul Tergat (KEN)||Zürich||August 13, 1997|
|1.||14:11.15||Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)||Oslo||June 6, 2008|
|2.||14:12.88||Meseret Defar (ETH)||Stockholm||July 22, 2008|
|3.||14:22.51||Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)||Oslo||June 15, 2007|
|4.||14:23.75||Liliya Shobukhova (RUS)||Kazan||July 19, 2008|
|5.||14:24.68||Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)||Bergen||June 11, 2004|
|6.||14:28.09||Jiang Bo (CHN)||Shanghai||October 23, 1997|
|7.||14:29.11||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||Bydgoszcz||June 20, 2004|
|8.||14:29.32||Olga Yegorova (RUS)||Berlin||August 31 2001|
|Berhane Adere (ETH)||Oslo||June 27, 2003|
|10.||14:29.82||Dong Yanmei (CHN)||Shanghai||October 23, 1997|