Gebrselassie Audio On His Un-Retirement

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 15, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC

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.

For More: BBC

FILED UNDER: New York City Marathon / News TAGS: / / / / /

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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.

Get our best running content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE Competitor Running weekly newsletter