Withdrawing from Tokyo Marathon-19 But Will Win The Gold in Tokyo Olympic 2020 : Kenenisa Bekele​

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Kenenisa Bekele had to withdraw on Wednesday 20th February from the upcoming Tokyo Marathon due to a stress fracture in one of his legs. NN Medical Team decided that Kenenisa needs to focus on rehabilitating fully before being able to build up his training again.


Statement by Bekele :


“I am sad to not be in Tokyo at this time this year because I need to focus on my recovery. I’ve been experiencing discomfort since the TCS Amsterdam Marathon in the fall of last season and was unable to recover from this injury in time.”

“I am hungry and motivated to still achieve big results on the marathon as I know what I am still capable off when my body can fully co-operate. It is therefore that I must now take the time to recover fully, get healthy in order for me to achieve the goals that I have left to prove for myself on the marathon.”

“I have a desire and dreams that I have left to achieve and I am not finished with the marathon. If I didn’t have the fire burning anymore I would have walked away already. My full focus now is on becoming 100% healthy and in shape so that I can reach my goals.”

Olympic Champion in Toky2020: Bekele 

“Firstly I am hungry to get back to good health and run a really fast time somewhere. My second goal is that I want to be the Olympic Champion on a marathon next year in Tokyo. That would be something I would be really proud of.”
Source : NN team

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