Gebrselassie eats back own words

By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum

Haile Gebrselassie

Marathon world record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, has announced he will compete again after reversing his decision to retire from athletics.

The 37-year-old, initially, stated he was quitting after dropping out of his first New York Marathon at the 16-mile mark with a knee injury on 7 November.

However, Gebrselassie revealed on his Twitter page, “Running is in my blood, and I decided to continue competing. When my knee is better again, I will start focusing on my next race.”

Gebrselassie, who won the Olympic 10,000 metres titles in 1996 and 2000, added: “My announcement in New York was my first reaction after a disappointing race.”

He holds the marathon world record of two hours, three minutes, 59 seconds, and has said that he wants to compete over the distance at the 2012 London Olympics.
Gebrselassie’s coach, Woldemeskel Kostre, believes he can compete for another eight years at the top level.

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