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Haile Gebrselassie Wins In Manchester

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 21, 2012
  • Updated May. 21, 2012 at 8:00 AM UTC
Haile Gebrselassie defeated rival Patrick Makau in Manchester. Photo: IAAF

One of the greatest distance runners in the world isn’t finished yet.

Flashing a big smile, his arms outstretched, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia won the Bupa Great Manchester Run in England on Sunday.

He won the race with a world-leading 27 minutes and 39 seconds.

“I wanted to run fast today and next week my goal is to run sub-27 minutes in Hengelo,” Gebrselassie said referring to the upcoming track meet where he hopes to possibly qualify for the London Olympics in the 10,000m.

“When I am in the top three I will have to go,” he said.

Gebrselassie defeated the world-record holder in the marathon, Patrick Makau of Kenya.

Tsegaye Kebede and Ayele Abshero took second and third respectively. Makau placed fifth.

In the women’s race, Linet Masai prevailed in 31:35. Second place went to Nadia Ejjafini who came across the finish line 17 seconds later.

“Mara Yamauchi went off fast so I was happy to sit in as it was a good pace,” said Masai. “I felt good when I went to the front and pushed hard.”

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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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