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Bekele wins men's 3,000 metres indoor title

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MOSCOW, Mar 12 (Reuters) Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele became the first athlete to win world titles on three surfaces when he took the men's 3,000 metres crown at the world indoor championships today.

The world and Olympic 10,000 metres champion pulled away with one and a half laps to go to win in seven minutes 39.32 seconds. He now holds world titles indoors, outdoors and over cross-country.

Double world steeplechase champion Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar used his superb finishing speed to overtake Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge for silver on the final lap in 7:41.28.

Kipchoge, the fastest man in the world over the distance this year, was third in 7:42.58.

Bekele, whose younger brother Tariku finished sixth, also holds the long and short course world cross-country titles.

It was the first time the three medallists had met on the track.

Reuters PDS DB2101

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