• Kenenisa Bekele fails to qualify for Rio as 22-year-old Demelash wins Ethiopian 10,000m trials

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Yigrem Demelash clocked a new personal best of  26:51,11 to win the Ethiopian 10,000m trials, meanwhile great Kenenisa Bekele failed to make the Rio Olympics after a DNF on Wednesday in Hengelo. 

The 22-year-old Demelash shaved more than 6 seconds from his old personal best to earn the spot on the Ethiopian Rio Olympics team.  Also plai tickets to Rio Olympic earned Tamirat Tola by taking second in  26:57.45 and Abadi Embaye, who clocked 26:57,88 for third.  

The women's 10,000 trials was won by 2015 world 5000m champion Almaz Ayana. 

Results: 2016  Ethiopian 10,000m Olympic Trials - Hengelo, Netherlands - June 28. 

1 Yigrem Demelash 26:51,11
2 Tamirat Tola 26:57,45
3 Abadi Embaye 26:57,88
4 Belay Tilahun 27:11,83
5 Adugna Takele 27:20,65
6 Leul Gebresilase 27:26,69
7 Abayneh Ayele 27:35,83
8 Tebalu Zawdue 27:37,25
9 Azmeraw Mengistu 27:40,76
10 Guye Adola 27:55,05
11 Yitwale Kinde 27:58,22
12 Bonsa Dida 28:13,84
13 Mohammed Ziani 28:14,01
Kenenisa Bekele DNF
Ibrahim Jeilan DNF
Birhanu Legese DNF
Yenew Alamirew DNF
Mule Wasihun DNF
Juan Antonio Pérez DNF
Roy Hoornweg PACE DNF
Solomon Berihu PACE DNF
Fentahun Hunegnaw PACE DNF
Imane Merga DNF
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