They last raced each other in the Berlin Marathon.
The matchup in Manchester, England on May 20 couldn’t be more perfect: Patrick Makau is from Kenya, Haile Gebrselassie is from Ethiopia–two long-distance running rival nations.
Also, Makau is the current world-record holder in the marathon whereas Gebrselassie once held that mark.
The two will square off at the Bupa Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label 10K. Gebrselassie has won the event on four occasions.
Makau was left off the Kenyan Olympic team thanks in part to his DNF in the London Marathon last month.
“I went to London knowing I was already in the team for the Olympics. I therefore was not going to push myself to finish the marathon,” said Makau. “Olympics come only once in four years. Ethiopians have been training for it since January. That is a whole seven months. My recovery period is four months, and that is why I wasn’t going to run hard in London last month.”
Gebrselassie will not be competing for Ethiopia in the Olympic Marathon.
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