Haile Gebrselassie Wins Birmingham Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 24, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Thanks to his win in Birmingham, England, Haile Gebrselassie is still a force to be reckoned with. Photo: Daily Mail

Though he’s struggled lately, the former marathon-record holder isn’t finished yet.

Haile Gebrselassie is still a force to be reckoned with on the roads. Photo: Daily Mail

One thing was made clear last weekend in Birmingham, England: Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie is still capable of pulling off a win. He broke the tape at the inaugural Bupa Great Birmingham Run, a half marathon, in 1:01:29. Times have been tough as of late for the former world-record holder in the marathon who is now 38 years old. At last year’s ING New York City Marathon, Gebrselassie dropped out. And just last month in Berlin, he was a DNF in a race won by Patrick Makau of Kenya, who broke Gebrselassie’s world record.

In Sunday’s race in England, Gebrselassie proved victorious in a tactical affair that didn’t have him dropping the hammer until after the seven-mile mark. Qatar’s Essa Rashed was second in 1:02:28.

Abderrahime Bouramdane of Morocco was third.

‘It was a fantastic race for me except for the wind and it was really hard between 11 and 12 miles,” Gebrselassie recalled. “This helps me in my preparations for next year’s Olympic Games where of course I still have to get the qualifying standard.”

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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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