He caught the lead marathoners who had a two-minute head start.
Since his sudden retirement and then un-retirement late last year, Haile Gebrselassie’s future has been a big question mark. However, on Sunday the Ethiopian world-record holder in the marathon made the kind of comeback he had hoped for when he won the Vienna City Half Marathon, covering the 13.1-mile distance in one hour and 18 seconds.
After the race, Gebrselassie said that he was “very happy” with his performance. “I was thinking I could do it in under one hour. But it’s OK, it’s a remarkable time as I ran alone,” he said.
Gebrselassie was referring to a challenge he was given by race organizers to catch the leading marathoners who had been given a two-minute head start. “It was a great format, but I was a bit nervous,” Gebrselassie said of the challenge. “If I started too slowly, I might have been too far behind so I put the pressure on from the beginning.”
The Ethiopian champion added that his next focus will be the 2012 London Olympics and that he will be doing “very serious” preparation for it.
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