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Is Gebrselassie Reconsidering His Retirement Decision?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 9, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM UTC
Haile Gebrselassie may be reconsidering his retirement decision after all. Photo: Photorun.net

Haile Gebrselassie may be reconsidering his retirement decision after all. Photo: Photorun.net.

The marathon world-record holder needs more time to think things over.

After his shocking retirement announcement on Sunday, Haile Gebrselassie has now expressed his first hint about reconsidering that decision.

“What a disappointing weekend, I didn’t plan to come back to Ethiopia this way. I wanted to succeed in New York,” Gebrselassie wrote on Twitter. ”Now it is time for me to think about a lot of things. I still love running. I will always run. Just give me some time to think things over.”

Recent NYC champion and fellow Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam hopes to convince Gebrselassie to keep at it. ”When I get back home I will start to speak to him to try to make him think again. He has to run two or three more races. I think he will change his mind,” he said.

Gebrselassie had dropped out of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday due to a knee injury near the 16-mile mark.

For More: Sporting Life.com

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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