Gebrselassie Returns To The Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 29, 2012
  • Updated Nov. 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM UTC
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He thinks he has a shot for 2:05 in Fukuoka this weekend.

The most accomplished distance runner in history, Haile Gebrselassie, has been going through a bit of a career slump lately, but he’s definitely not finished.

The Ethiopian returns to perhaps his best race, the marathon, this weekend at the 66th Fukuoka Marathon in Japan.

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“I don’t know exactly how fast I can run [in Fukuoka] but I can run a good time,” Gebrselassie said.  ”I don’t know, between 2:05 and 2:06, it depends. I mean, their course is so nice and it depends on the weather. For the moment I am in good shape and what is important is my health is very good. The only problem is that I have office work now. I cannot take rest after morning training sessions any more. My training is going well, though, and according to the program.”

Before Patrick Makau set the new mark of 2:03:38, Gebrselassie held the marathon world record at 2:03:59. He won Fukuoka in 2006.

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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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