Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ethiopia to use Dutch athletics meet as Olympic trials for men’s 10,000 meters


BRUSSELS — Ethiopia will have its Olympic trials for the men’s 10,000 meters at the FBK Games in the Netherlands on May 27.

Agent Jos Hermens said Wednesday that the top two Ethiopian runners in that race will automatically qualify for the London Games, while the federation will keep its options of filling the third spot for the long-distance race.
Haile Gebrselassie was already slated to run that race and even though the 1996 and 2000 Olympic champion stands little choice to make the top two, his agent Hermens said “he will not say no if he gets through.”

Kenenisa Bekele, who won the last two Olympic races, will not compete in the FBK Games and will likely fill the third slot.
The Associated Press