Bahrain takes two distance running golds - Asian Games, Day 6
Guangzhou, China - Bilisuma Shugi Gelassa, a 21-year-old Bahraini of Ethiopian origin set a Games’ record in the process of winning the men’s 10,000 metres gold in the Asian Games here on Friday (26).
It was an exhilarating contest in which Gelassa, trailing by about 60 metres from Qatari Essa Ismal Rashed made up considerable ground through the last three laps before winning in a personal best 27:32.72.
There was a great contest in the finishing straight when Rashed tried to inch his way past the young Bahraini who managed to hold onto his slender lead. Even as he neared the finish, almost stumbling, unable to control his body, Gelass started raising his finger to signal his triumph and found that Rashed was almost catching up.