Gebrselassie Out Of Tokyo Marathon

Haile Gebrselassie is now out of the Tokyo Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Haile Gebrselassie is now out of the Tokyo Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Knee problems continue to plague him.

World marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie had planned on using this weekend’s Tokyo Marathon to show the world that his running career was alive and well.

This is not to be.

The 37-year-old Ethiopian announced on Thursday that he will not take part in the Japanese race, citing bruising to both knees as the reason for his withdrawal.

Knee injuries are not a new problem for Gebrselassie. Last November, he dropped out of the ING New York City Marathon near the 16-mile mark, saying that his knee had bothered him during the race. He then called an unscheduled press conference and shocked the world by announcing his retirement from the sport. Gebrselassie’s decision ultimately proved to be premature when, after discussing the move with his manager Jos Hermens, he reconsidered eight days later.

Gebrselassie had hoped to use the Tokyo Marathon as a primer for the 2012 London Olympics.

For More: USA Today

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