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Saturday July 22nd 2017

Ethiopian-born Bekele wins 5,000 meters

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Alemitu Bekele won the women’s 5,000 meters to deny Turkish teammate Elvan Abeylegesse a double distance gold at the European Championships on Sunday.

The Ethiopian-born Bekele stayed with the leading pack as it broke away with over 2,500 meters to go before pouncing ahead of her three chasers along the back straight.

She excelled out of the bend for a clear victory in a championship-record time of 14 minutes, 52.20 seconds at Barcelona’s Olympic stadium.

Abeylegesse, who won the 10,000, took silver in 14:54.44. Sara Moreira of Portugal took the bronze in 14:54.71.

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