Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hailie Gebrselassie

The New York marathon is a major event in the distant running sport every year. It attracts numerous elite athletes and often a number of celebrity runners. This year was no exception, there was another great elite field along with defending NYC marathon winner American, Meb Keflezighi. At the end of the 26.2 miles Gebre Gebrmariam from Ethiopia finished in first place, but he did not capture the top headline.

That went to Hailie Gebrselassie, the famous Ethiopian runner that is arguably the most accomplished distance runner of all time. Gebrselassie has broken 27 world records and currently hold the world record for the marathon at 2:03:59

At mile 16 Gebrselassie slowed then stopped, experiencing some minor knee problems prior to the start of the race. At the post race Gebraselassie took the podium and announced that he would be retiring. At 37 years old Gebraselassie is past his prime, however, he has still been a dominate force in the distance running. If he truly does retire it would sure end the career of one of distance runners great athletes of all time.

NY Times Article on Gebrselassie: Enjoy!

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