Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Haile Gebrselaisse posts DNF at Fukuoka Marathon...Sun 2nd Dec 2012

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Haile Gebrselaisse posts DNF at Fukuoka Marathon...Sun 2nd Dec 2012

At the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship in Japan today, the great Haile Gebrselaisse alas posted a DNF. After being with the leaders up to at least 30 kms before pulling out just after the 32 km mark. In a post race interview, he said..."I couldn't lift my leg any more. At first I was feeling good so I thought I would just take it easy and run relaxed, but...."

Here are his splits below...

GEBRSELASSIE,Haile ETH...15:08 (5k)...30:13 (10k)...45:15 (15k)...1:00:25 (20k)...1:03:48 (Half)...1:15:38 (25k)...1:30:38 (30k)...Pulled out

Haile had previously won the Fukuoka Marathon back in 2006 in a time of 2:06:52

The race was won by Joseph Gitau of Kenya in a time of 2:06:58. Citizen runner Yuki Kawauchi who works full time and trains in his spare time managed to finish in an impressive 6th place in a time of 2:10:29. Post race, he said..."All of a sudden I started having trouble following the pace, and then it got hard to stay optimistic.  I just started to slip away. To put it simply, I wasn't strong enough. I'm thinking about adding workouts with club teams and universities, maybe some corporate teams, to my training".

1. Joseph Gitau (Kenya/Team JFE Steel)...2:06:58
2. Hiroyuki Horibata (Team Asahi Kasei)...2:08:24
3. Henryk Szost (Poland...2:08:42
4. Arata Fujiwara (Miki House)...2:09:31
5. Bunta Kuroki (Team Yasukawa Denki)...2:10:08
6. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.)...2:10:29
7. Mohamed Trafeh (U.S.A.)...2:11:41
8. Ryan Vail (U.S.A.)...2:11:45 
9. Cuthbert Nyasango (Zimbabwe)...2:11:48
10. Kota Noguchi (Team Toyota)...2:12:24
11. Dmytro Baranovskyy (Ukraine)...2:13:23
12. Tim Nelson (U.S.A.)...2:14:09
13. Scott Overall (GBR)...2:14:15
Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)...DNF

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