HELENGO — Former 10 000m world record holder Haile Gebrselassie failed to qualify for the London Olympics after finishing seventh at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo, Netherlands, on Sunday.
The 39-year-old trailed home in a time of 27 minutes 20,39secs, nearly nine seconds behind winner Tariku Bekele in a race staged as an official Ethiopian Olympic trial.
Bekele finished in 27:11,70, just ahead of Leleisa Desisa Benti who will join him in London. The third spot in the Ethiopian team is being held open for world record holder Kenenisa Bekele, who has been suffering from injury problems.
Gebrselassie had been hoping to travel to his fifth Olympics and was in confident mood after winning the Great Manchester Run last weekend. He won gold in the 10 000m in 1996 and 2000.
Santos Luguelin of the Dominican Republic set the second-best time of the year in the men’s 400m.
The 18-year-old won in 44,45secs, a time only bettered by American Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt in 2012.