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Gebrselassie Chasing Fifth Manchester Title

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 17, 2012
  • Updated Apr. 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM UTC
Haile Gebrselassie is coming off a speedy half marathon in Vienna last weekend. Photo: IAAF

He just ran a 60-minute half marathon in Vienna.

Haile Gebrselassie may not be running in the Olympic marathon this summer, but the Ethiopian long-distance “emperor” is far from finished racing.

The IAAF reports that Gebrselassie, who once held the marathon world record, will be taking part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run on May 20.

Gebrselassie is coming off a win last weekend when he defeated Paula Radcliffe in the OMV Champions Race in Vienna on Sunday. Radcliffe was given a 7 minute, 52 second start over Gebrselassie.

“That was a good victory for me and considering I was running on my own for virtually the whole race my time was good,” Gebrselassie said after coming across the line in 60:52.

The Ethiopian is now looking forward to Manchester. “It’s flat and really suits my running style while I must say the support I get from spectators, which I have enjoyed on every visit, really motivates me to do well,” he said.

“I remember in particular my first victory when I achieved a very fast time in what were perfect conditions but since then the wind has always been a factor against me.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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