Gebrselassie


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Gebrselassie

Haile . born 1973, Ethiopian athlete; Olympic gold medallist in the 10 000 metres in 1996 and 2000
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London race director Hugh Brasher said: "We are delighted to announce that Haile Gebrselassie has agreed to run as a pacemaker in this year's race.
A double Olympic gold medallist in the 10,000 meters, Gebrselassie, who is also a four-time World Champion over the same distance and two-time world record-breaker in the marathon, trains twice a day and clocks a daily average of 35 kilometres.
The men's elite field of this famous half-marathon is arguably the most formidable assembled as Farah faces his boyhood hero, the two-time Olympic champion Gebrselassie, as well as Kenenisa Bekele, the World record holder over 5,000m and 10,000m.
Veteran Gebrselassie set a new world best over-40s mark, but the Ethopian long-distance legend had to settle for third place as Kipsiro reigned supreme in Manchester.
Kipsiro went past Kenyan Kipsang in a sprint to win by just a second in 27:52 and he was moved to be in the same race as Gebrselassie, his childhood hero.
With a time of 60 minutes 23 seconds, Farah is Great Britain's fastest half-marathon performer, and he will take on Gebrselassie - the world's greatest distance runner - in what should be a classic race on the iconic Newcastle to South Shields course on September 16.
Still smiling, despite being upset at failing to qualify for either the marathon or 10,000m at London 2012, Gebrselassie said yesterday: "Inside yes it is hard, but what can I do?
Gebrselassie is no stranger to Birmingham where in the past his electrifying appearances at the National Indoor Arena have seen him break the world 2,000m record in 1998, the 5,000m in 1999 and his demolition of the old two-mile record in 2003.
Gebrselassie, 38, announced his retirement after also failing to finish the New York marathon last year - a decision he reversed a few days later - but his agent Jos Hermens insisted there would be no repeat this time.
And Ethiopian legend Gebrselassie believes the speed Farah demonstrated in South Korea means there is no need to be contemplating making such a change.
Summary: Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie has insisted that the time is right for him to retire from the sport.