Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Haile Gebrselassie announces his retirement...

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Haile Gebrselassie announces his retirement...

One of the true greats of running has just announced his retirement from competitive running.

In the New York City Marathon on Sunday, the great Haile Gebrselassie had to pull out around the 16 mile mark with a knee injury. In the press conference afterwards, he made the suprise announcement that he was retiring from competitive running.

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Besides his many victories in the Olympics and other races, one of his finest performances was surely in the Berlin Marathon in  September 2008 when he set a new world record for the distance by running in a time of 2 hours 3 minutes and 59 seconds.

That works out as an average of roughly 4m 44s per mile!!

Truly, one of the greatest runners of all time...

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