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Bekele to try again for Olympic double

Bekele to try again for Olympic double

Kenenisa Bekele will get another chance to claim the Olympic long-distance double when he runs in the 5,000-meter race Saturday at the Beijing Games.
The Ethiopian runner has already repeated his gold-medal winning performance in the 10,000, but he missed out on the shorter distance four years ago by a fraction of a second.
There are six other gold medal events scheduled for the track Saturday, along with finals in men's football, baseball and field hockey, and women's team handball, basketball and volleyball.
A total of 31 golds will be awarded on the next-to-last day of the Beijing Games, including in canoe-kayak, synchronized swimming, mountain biking, boxing, rhythmic gymnastics, taekwondo, diving and table tennis.
Bekele won the 10,000 on Sunday, adding to the same title he won at the 2004 Games. But in Athens, the Ethiopian finished second in the 5,000, losing to Hicham El Guerrouj by .20 seconds.
Bekele easily advanced through Wednesday's qualifying to get to the final of the 5,000, but he will face a strong challenge from Athens bronze medalist Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Bernard Lagat, a Kenyan-born American.
Rachid Ramzi of Bahrain, who won the 1,500, didn't try to qualify for the 5,000, passing on his chance for a different long-distance double.
The men's 800 and javelin, and the women's 1,500 and high jump are also on the schedule for the Bird's Nest, along with both 4x400 relays.
In women's basketball, the United States is going to play for its fourth straight gold medal, and third in a row against Australia.
The Americans have won 32 straight games at the Olympics, dating back to the semifinals at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Australia center Lauren Jackson of the WNBA's Seattle Storm will be playing in her third Olympic final.
"One more to go, guys," Jackson reminded her teammates after beating China in the semifinals. "One more to go."
Argentina is looking for its second straight gold medal in men's football. The Argentines, who beat Brazil in the semifinals, next face Nigeria, the team that beat them in the 1996 Olympic final.
"This is not about vengeance," Argentina midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme said. "If we don't win the (gold) medal, we'll not get back the one we lost (in Atlanta)."


Updated : 2021-01-18 06:32 GMT+08:00