Gebrselassie Returns To Manchester This Weekend

Haile Gebrselassie has won the Great Manchester 10K on three occasions. Photo: IAAF

He’s won the race a total of three times.

Marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie is back in England. He was last there eight months ago to win the Bupa Great North Run. However, a lot has happened to the Ethiopian marathoner since then. In November, he dropped out of the ING New York City Marathon and then subsequently announced he was retiring from the sport–a decision that was ultimately a premature one.

Gebrselassie, 38 years old, is competing in the Bupa Great Manchester 10K on Sunday. He has a good history with the race, having won in on the past two occasions. (He was also victorious in 2005.)

Last month, Gebrselassie won the Vienna Half Marathon.

“For me running is like my daily nutrition. You could say I have breakfast, running, lunch, running, dinner,” he said. “I am now confident that I can run a good marathon in autumn. My time in Vienna is okay. It is not so easy to break one hour if you are running alone and without pacemakers.”

Gebrselassie does not have much competition from fellow East Africans in the race and is the clear favorite going into it.

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