Gebrselassie Out Of Tokyo Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 24, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Haile Gebrselassie is now out of the Tokyo Marathon. Photo:

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

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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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.

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