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Gebrselassie Announces His Un-Retirement

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 14, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM UTC

Is Haile Gebrselassie the Brett Favre of distance running? Photo: Ethiopia First

Is Haile Gebrselassie the Brett Favre of distance running? Photo: Ethiopia First

Marathon world-record holder wants to compete in 2012 Olympics.

Haile Gebrselassie, the world-record holder in the marathon who dropped out of last Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon due to inflammation in his right knee and later announced his surprise retirement from the sport of distance running, apparently changed his mind again on Sunday, according to EthiopiaFirst.com.

“Haile was one of the honorary guests at the “Great Run in Nekemete” to help the fundraise activities to build Wollega Stadium,” it was written on the website. “He urged all to partake for the completion of the stadium. The climax of the event was when he declared his decision to comeback to professional running. The mood was extraordinary and everyone seems happy.”

Stay tuned to Competitor.com for more as this story develops.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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