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Haile Gebrselassie Wins Vienna Half

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 15, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM UTC
Haile Gebrselassie isn't letting his age slow him down. Photo: www.photorun.net

He’s nearly 40, but that doesn’t mean the former marathon world record holder is finished with the sport.

Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie won the Vienna City Half Marathon on Sunday. His finishing time was 1:01:14.

Gebrselassie, who has enjoyed one of the most successful distance-running careers in the history of the sport, took command of the 13.1-mile race near the halfway point.

Last month, Gebreselasie admitted that he wasn’t ready to hang up his racing flats.

“As long as I enjoy it so much I will keep running and I don’t know how and when this will finish,” he said.

And today, he commented about the race’s mood.

“It was a magnificent festival, with a golden public who didn’t stop encouraging me,” he said.

Next month, Gebrselassie plans to race in Bern, Switzerland, and then on May 26, he will head to Manchester, England to defend his title in the annual 10K road race.

Gebreselassie has won the Vienna race three times (2011 and 2012).

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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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