So much has gone wrong lately for Kenenisa Bekele. Yet there is this tantalizing possibility at the London Games:
With one more gold medal, or two if he enters the 5,000 meters, he would probably sweep past Ethiopian compatriot Haile Gebrselassie as the greatest distance runner in history.
Bekele, driven by intense pride, is coming back to defend his two long-distance Olympic titles. He was winding down high-altitude training close to Addis Ababa on Tuesday, preparing to fly to London. On Saturday, he has a shot to become the first runner to win three straight 10,000-meter Olympic titles.
But a lot is working against him. Several years of injuries have hurt his performances and his results this summer have been remarkably out of character - an also-ran in four Diamond League races at 5,000 meters.
But never count Bekele out. After he walked off halfway though the 10,000 at last year's world championships seemingly spent for the year, he came back two weeks later to set the faste...