Jos Hermens to Kenenisa Bekele: What do you Want to be, Businessman or Professional Runner?

Jos Hermens to Kenenisa Bekele: What do you Want to be, Businessman or Professional Runner? Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele’s longtime agent Jos Hermens could tell during Sunday’s BMW Berlin Marathon race that Kenenisa had not managed his injuries properly.

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On Monday morning, 24 hours after Kenenisa Bekele concluded his disappointing 2017 season by dropping out of the BMW Berlin Marathon just after the halfway point, Kenenisa went to breakfast in the hotel restaurant at the InterContinental Berlin. His longtime agent, Jos Hermens, waited for the restaurant to empty out. Then he and Kenenisa began to talk.

At its core, an agent’s job is to keep his client happy. But neither Hermens nor Kenenisa were happy about how this year had played out, and Hermens believed it was time to level with Kenenisa. What followed was what Hermens described as a “friendly but strong” conversation in which Hermens asked the 35-year-old Kenenisa to consider what he wants from the rest of his career. There was no yelling, but Hermens had a point to make.

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