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Ethiopians turn mental strength into gold

Updated: September 27, 2005, 9:02 PM ET
Reuters

By Isa Omok

NAIROBI, Sept 28 - Mental strength, relaxed running and respect for women have allowed Ethiopia to surpass neighbours Kenya as the world's premier distance-running nation, leading manager Jos Hermens says.

Hermens, who manages almost all the top Ethiopian runners including multiple world and Olympic 10,000 metres champion Kenenisa Bekele, said Ethiopians had a relaxed style when racing while Kenyans looked tense.

"This is where Bekele beats (Kenya's 2003 world 5,000 ...

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