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Bekele tops training partner's Olympic mark

Updated: August 23, 2004, 8:56 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Kenenisa Bekele crossed the finish line, took a few deep breaths and then waited for his mentor. A pained Haile Gebrselassie arrived 22 seconds later and the two Ethiopians hugged -- the old champion giving way to the new.

Sprinting the final lap, Bekele ended Gebrselassie's eight-year reign as Olympic 10,000-meter champion on Friday night, smashing his training partner's Olympic record by more than two seconds.

The two then clasped hands and joined yet another countryman, silver ...

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