Haile Gebrselassie To Make Track Farewell

Haile Gebrselassie says farewell to the track on May 27. Photo: Ethiopian Review

He will run one more race in the Netherlands next month.

One of the greatest distance runners of all time, Haile Gebrselassie, is getting ready to say goodbye to the track.

The Ethiopian multiple Olympic gold medalist will run his last track race in Hengelo, Holland next month.

“This will be my last 10,000 meters race,” said Gebrselassie, who turned 39 on Wednesday.

Despite the finality of the event, Gebrselassie is still winning races. He ran a 60-minute half marathon to defeat world-record holder in the marathon, Paula Radcliffe, who was given a seven-minute, 52-second head start at the Vienna Marathon last weekend.

“But I still feel good. There is only a small difference compared to 2011. I am just a bit slower now,” said Gebrselassie.

The Hengelo race takes place on May 27. Gebrselassie will most likely not represent his country at the upcoming Olympics in London. He dropped out of the Berlin Marathon last year and was only able to muster a fourth-place showing at the Tokyo Marathon in February.

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