The Ethiopian’s attempt on his own one-hour world record fell about a lap short.
When Haile Gebrselassie toes the start line of a race, he’s usually trying to break a world record, and when he’s trying to break a world record, it’s usually his own. Such was the case again Monday when the Ethiopian attacked his own one-hour run world record at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Holland. Geb finished having covered 20,822 meters, leaving his 21,285 meters covered in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 2007 as the world record. Ah, well: you can’t break ’em all. One thing you can say about Geb, though, is that the man is not afraid to fail. His many great successes, including 26 world records, are impressive, but his refusal to stop reaching even higher may be more impressive still.