Gebrselassie Wins His Fourth Great Manchester Run

Haile Gebrselassie won his fourth Great Manchester Run on Sunday. Photo: The Guardian

Haile Gebrselassie won his fourth Great Manchester Run on Sunday. Photo: The Guardian

Britain’s Chris Thompson was able to hang with him for most of the race.

Current marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie continues to show the world that his better days aren’t behind him. At the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday, the 38-year-old Ethiopian held back a late-race challenge from European Championship silver medalist Chris Thompson to win in 28:10. Race-day conditions were far from ideal with wind and rain slowing down the field. Gebrselassie had previously won the event in 2005, 2009, and 2010.

“I am so happy to come back here again and again,” Gebrselassie said. “It’s wonderful.” His winning time was eight seconds slower than last year.

Chris Thompson was able to stay with Gebrselassie for 7 of the 10 kilometers, but ultimately faded, finishing in 28:21. Third place went to Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine who finished four seconds later.

Gebrselassie was surprised with Thompson’s showing. “I didn’t expect that from this boy,” he admitted. “He ran so great.”

Helen Clitheroe, the European indoor 3,000m champion, shattered her PR and won the women’s race in 31:45.

France’s Christelle Daunay came in second, while Grace Momanyi of Kenya was third.

For More: The Guardian

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