Gebresellassie: Thanks but sorry.

Posted: October 1, 2007 in inspiring stories, marathon running

When Paul Tergat the former world marathon record holder phoned Haile Gebreselassie to congratulate him for breaking his record at Berlin Marathon, Gebreselassie told him thank you then apologised for taking the record from him.  The toothy marathon runner from Ethiopia, when asked about the 130,000 euros prize money he replied,’I don’t run for the money otherwise i would run somewhere different every week.’No wonder I love this guy.

By breaking the world record at 34 yrs old he  proves, he is probably, if not the best long distance runner of all times.

The 34-year-old Ethiopian beat the mark of 2:04:55 set by Kenya’s Paul Tergat in Berlin in September 2003.

Gebrselassie was already 32 seconds inside Tergat’s pace at the 10km mark and went through halfway at 62.29.

“This is wonderful, really special,” said Gebrselassie, who missed the record by 61 seconds in the 2006 race. At 34 many ordinary runners might believe the best is behind them but Haile Gebrselassie is still dreaming big. He dreams of running at 2012 olympics games in london. Ambition is a fine thing. And it’s even finer when the person harbouring the ambition has the talent and drive to achieve it.I wish him best of luck.
 

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Comments
  1. joe says:

    What a legend!!!!

  2. […] njeru Kenyan runner, Rodgers Rop has been a faithfull pacesetter for Haile Gebrselassie. At 2007 Berlin Marathon, he began under strict instructions. He was to run the first 30K in precisely 1 hour 29 minutes and […]

  3. Ville Wiik says:

    Hi Konstantine and thanks for your blogs.

    I have a copyright question related to Gebreselassie image on this article. Can you grant me a permission to use it on my non-commercial marathon running site?

    Thanks.

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