Ethiopian two-time Olympic champion fails to qualify

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Ethiopian two-time Olympic 10,000m champion Haile Gebrselassie has failed to qualify for this summer’s Games in London after finishing seventh at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo.

Haile Gebrselassie

With the race being an official Ethiopian Olympic trial, Gebrselassie needed a top-two finish to qualify. But the 39-year-old ran a time of 27 minutes 20.39 seconds, nearly nine seconds behind winner Tariku Bekele. Elsewhere, Britain’s Phillips Idowu was victorious in the triple jump. The 33-year-old 2009 world champion won with a leap of 17.31m. Idowu’s fellow Briton Hannah England came home first in the women’s 1500m in 4mins 4.05secs.

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