News — Haile Gebrselassie to Run 2010 ING New York City Marathon

running-advice-bugNew York, NY — Long-distance legend, multiple Olympic and World Championships gold medalist, and marathon world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia will make his first career appearance at the ING New York City Marathon 2010 on November 7.

Widely considered the greatest distance runner of all time, Gebrselassie, 37, set the marathon world record in 2008 at the real,- Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:03:59. Gebrselassie has focused on road racing and the marathon since the 2004 Olympic Games, and he captured his first title in a World Marathon Majors race in Berlin in 2006. In addition to four straight wins in Berlin, he has also claimed marathon victories in Amsterdam (2005), Fukuoka, Japan (2006), and Dubai (2008, 2009, 2010).

The 1996 and 2000 Olympic 10,000-meter gold medalist has won 124 races, only four of which (Atlanta, Boston, Tempe, and New York) have been in the United States. He has now set 25 world records in his illustrious career with a total of 15 senior medals at the Olympic Games (2), World Outdoor Championships (7), World Indoor Championships (4), World Half-Marathon Championships (1), and World Cross Country Championships (1).
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Races — Keflezighi, Gebrselassie to face off at NYC Half Marathon

running-advice-bugNEW YORK —Reigning ING New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi of the United States will return to the New York to compete in the first spring running of the NYC Half-Marathon on Sunday, March 21. Keflezighi will be running in his first competitive race since his win in New York last November. Keflezighi will face off against marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie in the race.

“Meb’s victory in New York last November was one of the shining moments in the storied history of our race and sport,” according to race organizers. “Meb and the American athletes are stronger than ever. Each will be looking to take on Haile and the others in what promises to be a spectacular run through the city streets.”

Joining Keflezighi will be a trio of outstanding compatriots including three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, two-time Olympic steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti, and former NCAA cross country champion Josh Rohatinsky. All men will join the previously announced long distance legend, marathon world record-holder, and 2007 NYC Half-Marathon champion Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia. Read more…


Races — Gebrselassie wins Dubai Marathon, no world record this time

running-advice-bugA bad back was to blame for keeping Haile Gebrselassie from a new world record in the marathon this weekend, according to the running super-star. The 36 year-old Gebrselassie still outkicked the field to win the Dubai Marathon in 2:06:09, making it three in a row in Dubai and taking home another $250,000 prize. One million dollars was on the line for a new world record.

Gebrselassie has attempted the world record the last three years in Dubai, hoping to take home the big payout, but his world record success of Berlin has not followed him to Dubai. Gebrselassie has broken the world record two out of the last three years in the Berlin Marathon. His current world best time is 2:03:59.

In the Dubai event, Gebrselassie complained of a sore back that had been giving him trouble. He felt that a world record attempt would have left him unable to finish, so he stayed with the pack until the last 5KM when he tore away to win the race in front of scores of cheering fans.

“I took it easy in the first 15kms of the race. I didn’t want to go all out because that would have been risky. If I had done that, probably I couldn’t have completed the race. People would have said: ‘Look, Haile even couldn’t get to the podium’,” Gebrselassie told reporters after the race. “I didn’t want that to happen. So I just concentrated on winning the race. At the end of the day it gives me a big pleasure that I managed to win the race. That’s very important, you know.”
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Video – Season 2 – Episode 7 — Who is the World’s Greatest Runner?

running-advice-bugWell runners, it’s time for another gripping episode of our Running Advice and News video series. This week Coaches Joe and Dean get into it: who is the world’s greatest runner? A great debate topic? Well that’s what we like!

So do the coaches agree or disagree on this very subjective topic?

Well, we’ll say that they seem to agree on the number one spot on the list. But after that it’s not so clear.

Who is the world’s greatest runner? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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Season 2 – Episode 7 — World’s Greatest Runner from Joe English on Vimeo.

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Racing — No world record for Haile in 10K win

running-advice-bugMANCHESTER — Haile Gebrselassie did a part of what he set out to do here this morning. He did in fact win the 10KM Great Manchester Run, but he missed out on a world record by a fairly wide margin.

Gebrselassie, now widely considered perhaps the greatest distance runner of all time, finished the race in 27 minutes, 39 seconds on Sunday. His time missed the course record of 27:21 that was set by Kenya’s Micah Kogo in 2007.

Gebrselassie has set more than 20 world records in various distances, including the marathon. He held the world mark in the 10K after running 27:02 at the distance. He lost that record back in March when Micah Kogo ran 27:01 in the Netherlands.

Gebs won today’s race by a wide margin as Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi of Libya came in second in 28:13.

Next week a pair of elite runners, Deriba Merga and Patrick Makau, will sqaure off in another world record attempt at the 10K distance. Deriba tied the world record for the 15K in the midst of the RAK half-marathon earlier this year, with Makau on his shoulder. Both runners will be in Ottawa next weekend to compete in the 10K as part of the Ottawa Race Weekend.

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Racing — Gebrselassie aims for 10K World Record in Manchester

running-advice-bugHaile Gebrselassie the marathon world record holder will bid to win a second Bupa Great Manchester Run title on Sunday and will challenge the world record in the process.

Gebrselassie set a UK All-Comers’ record running unchallenged in his debut here four years ago in one of the world’s greatest 10 kilometre meetings. He insists he could have run even faster.

“The course was great and it is possible to break the world record here – had there been pacemakers I probably could have gone quicker,” insisted the 35-year-old Ethiopian after clocking 27:25.

Gebrselassie at that time was holder of the world record having posted a time of 27min 02sec in 2002, but since has lost that accolade to Micah Kogo.

Indeed the Kenyan who struck a second from it a few weeks ago in the Netherlands, also relieved Gebrselassie of his UK All-Comers’ mark when running four seconds quicker two years ago with a great victory also in the Bupa Great Manchester Run.

“Kogo’s achievements I’m sure will motivate Haile to produce something special on Sunday,” said Andy Caine, the event’s elite athlete manager.
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Video — Haile Gebrselassie gives marathon running advice

It isn’t every day that marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie gives marathon running advice to the rest of the mere mortal runners of the world. In this interview Haile talks about running through the pain at 35KM and how hard a marathon really is.

With the London Marathon just a couple of weeks away, the reporter also asks about his plans to run the London Marathon. Definitely, says Haile, for the 2012 Olympics . . . and maybe before. He says he’d like to add a win of the London Marathon to his resume.

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Racing: Gebrselassie misses marathon world record in Dubai

Haile GebrselassieDUBAI — Haile Gebreselassie missed setting another new marathon world record in his attempt at the Dubai Marathon this morning. His time of 2:05:29, which is the fastest so far in this young new year, was 90 seconds off of his world mark of 2:03:59.

Gebrselassie had planned to make another assault on the marathon world record, but steady rain throughout the race put a damper on his plans.

If Gebrselassie had broken the world record, he would have had a million dollar payout from the Dubai race organizers. As winner of the race, he still takes home $250,000.

“Everybody was expecting me to break the world record here, but I am very pleased with the time I ran today,” the 35-year-old Gebrselassie told the Associated Press. “This is my best time in wet weather. It could have been much worse, but I’m really happy with the time.”

Gebrselassie was on pace to challenge his world mark of 2:03:59 set last year in Berlin. But he struggled against the rain in the second half of the race, which began at dawn along Dubai’s Gulf coastline.

“I saw the clouds ahead and it looked like it was going to be difficult,” he said. “Sometimes it’s not just about defeating time, sometimes you defeat yourself. When I saw the rain coming, I defeated myself. But it (a new record) will happen. I will come back next year.”

Gebrselassie told the AP that his next goal is to attempt to reclaim the half-marathon record in The Hague, Netherlands, in March.

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Races: amazing field to meet at 2008 New York City Marathon

NEW YORK CITY — An elite field that can be described as nothing less than amazing will assemble this weekend to fight out the New York City Marathon in the streets of the biggest city in the United States. With nearly 40,000 runners behind them, most of the fastest runners in the world will be on-hand to duke it out for the championship.

Rather than starting with the list of who will be running in the event, let me start with who will be missing; its a shorter list to be sure. Martin Lel, New York City (’07) and London (’07 & ’08) winner unfortunately broke his foot in a race recently and will not be in the field. Haile Gebreslassie set a world record last month in Berlin and will pass on New York. Sammy Wanjiru, the Beijing Olympic Champion and record holder, is still recovering from that outing, as are the top American runners Ryan Hall, Dathan Ritzenhein and Brian Sell.

On the women’s side, most of the top women will be represented with the noted exception of Constantina Tomescu-Dita, winner of the Beijing Olympic Marathon, who ran in Chicago three weeks ago.

With those exceptions aside, the field includes an array of past champions and current and former world record holders.

World’s fastest women
Perhaps the biggest match-up will be on the women’s side, as Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25), current world record holder, fights it out with Catherine Ndereba (2:18:47) and Gete Wami (2:21:34). This match-up is perhaps closer than it looks on paper as Radcliffe and Wami went toe-to-toe in this race last year, Radcliffe is still recovering from injuries and Ndereba just finished second in the Beijing Olympics. This could, in fact, be the match-up of all match-ups.
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Racing: Haile Gebrselassie to race next in 2009 Dubai Marathon

Gebrselassie in Dubai 2008

Gebrselassie in Dubai 2008

DUBAI — Fresh from breaking his own world marathon record and becoming the first man to run under 2:04:00, Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie has confirmed his next major appearance will be in the $2 million Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 16, 2009.

As well as a top prize fund of $1 million, the race also offers a world record bonus payout of an additional $1 million, courtesy of Dubai Holding.

In the Berlin, Gebrselassie further cemented his incredible running legacy with a world record time of 2:03:59 –- the 26th world record of his astonishing career and his third win in the Berlin Marathon.

The last three times ‘Geb’ has run the 26.2 mile (42.195km) event –- Berlin in 2007 and 2008 and in Dubai earlier this year — he has set the three fastest times in history. Beating the record yet again in Dubai is the 35 year-old’s next marathon target following a 15km race in Melbourne in November.
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