Ethiopia’s best marathoner admitted he had a motivation problem.
World-record holder in the marathon, Haile Gebrselassie, recently sat down with the BBC to answer questions about his decision to come out of retirement. At the ING New York City Marathon last month, the 37-year-old Ethiopian dropped out along the Queensboro Bridge, citing a knee injury. In a hastily assembled press conference after the race, Gebrselassie told the world he was retiring. Shortly after that announcement, he reconsidered his decision.
In the BBC audio recording, released on Monday, Gebreselassie talked about his motivation problems. “For running, one thing that is important is motivation. Without motivation in training it is useless. Now I have that motivation, thanks to God,” he said.
“Did you lose that motivation just for a little bit?” the questioner asked.
“A little bit,” Gebrselassie admitted.
Now that Gebrselassie is no longer retired, he has made it known that he is training to run in the Tokyo Marathon, which takes place in February of next year.
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