Tariku Bekele

Tariku Bekele

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Tariku Bekele (Amharic: ታሪኩ በቀለ; born 28 February 1987 in Oromia Region) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who specializes in the 5000 metres. He is the younger brother of Kenenisa Bekele. He is the fourth fastest Ethiopian ever over 5000 m and 3000 metres. His indoor 3000 m best of 7:31.09 ranks him as the fourth fastest of all-time in the event.. IAAF (2010-04-02). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.

His first major victory came at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships, where he won the 3000 m gold medal. He was the 2006 World Junior Champion over the distance and also won a cross country junior bronze medal that year. He took a continental silver medal at the 2007 All-Africa Games. Tariku has finished in the top eight of 5000 m finals at the 2008 Summer Olympics and at the World Championships in Athletics in 2005 and 2007.

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Following the footsteps of his older brother, he first had success at the younger levels of the sport. He won the 3000 m silver medal behind Augustine Choge at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics and stepped up a distance to take the bronze medal over 5000 m at the 2004 World Junior Championships a year later. He beat Paul Tergat in the 2004 Oeiras International Cross Country meeting.Costa, Paulo (2004-11-21). . IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.

He made his senior global debut at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and...
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