Gebrselassie Looking For Third Win In Vienna

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 22, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM UTC
A beaming Haile Gebrselassie will make his return to Vienna in April. Photo:

At 39, “The Emperor” continues to race.

The former world-record holder in the marathon, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, has enjoyed a nice run in the city of Vienna, Austria.

This April, the 39-year-old hopes to win his third-straight Vienna Half Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold-Label Race.

Gebrselassie owns the course record there of 60 minutes and 18 seconds, set in 2011, a mark he’d like to break this year.

“We could not have hoped for a better ambassador for our jubilee race than Haile Gebrselassie,” remarked the race director,  Wolfgang Konrad. “He loves Vienna’s spectators – and I believe the same applies the other way round. Haile Gebrselassie still is the most thrilling personality in running worldwide. We are very proud that he again chose to run in Vienna.”

Gebrselassie is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 10,000m event.

In last year’s Vienna Half Marathon, he took part in a “chase race” with current marathon world-record holder, Paula Radcliffe, who had been given a head start. Gebrselassie successfully caught her.

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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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