Kenenisa Bekele Nominated for the 2009 World Athlete of the Year Awards

Above: Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele wins a historic distance
double at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
He has been named as one of the contenders for the 2009
World Athlete of the Year Awards.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, November 9, 2009

New York (Tadias) – Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, the two-time reigning Olympic champion in the 10,000 meters dash, and one of the most accomplished long distance runners in history, has been nominated for the 2009 World Athlete of the Year Awards.

He is one of five male athletes who have been shortlisted for the award by the International Association of Athletics Federations – IAAF. The winner will be announced during the World Athletics Gala in Monaco, on November 22, 2009.

IAAF plans to announce the female nominees tomorrow.

The other nominees include: Usain Bolt (Jamaica), Tyson Gay (USA), Steven Hooker (Australia), and Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway ).

Kenenisa Bekeles is the current holder of the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 metres and has never lost a 10,000m race, which has led some to dub him “one of the greatest distance runners of all time.”

Video: Kenenisa Bekele after his 2009 Berlin victory (Flotrack)

Track and Field Videos on Flotrack

VIDEO: Kenenisa Bekele wins 10000 meters in Berlin (

Flotrack’s IAAF Coverage (August 23, 2009)

2 Responses to “Kenenisa Bekele Nominated for the 2009 World Athlete of the Year Awards”

  1. 1 Abbysinia Nov 12th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    We ethiopians are so proud of you. Keep up with the god work and congratulations on your success.

  2. 2 Aamare Melesse Nov 17th, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Kenenisa is #1 athlete of the year. It is not amusing that the world is talking of Usain Bolt because of international media coverage and showy performances. I trust that IAAF understands the reality and provide the award to kenenisa. We will see…

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