Gebrselassie $1Million Error at Dubai Marathon

Posted: January 19, 2008 in marathon

Haile Gebrselassie showed us he is human after all after an error costed him a world record at 2008 Dubai Marathon. Haile Gebrselassie ran the second fastest marathon in history, 2.04.53, to win the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon yesterday.

Just last week I joked on this blog that Mike Huckabee, a dedicated marathon runner, after winning Iowa primary he had broken the first rule of marathon running  “dont start too fast or you will burn out.” Haile Gebrselassie did the opposite of that when he started the Dubai marathon too fast and it cost him a world record and the $1 MILLION jack pot for breaking the world record.

Running pace was under 2.03

According to running times website who did the stats for those like me who werent good in maths in school “At 10k, Haile’s time was 28.39,  45 seconds faster than Berlin pace, and at halfway in 61.27, that advantage had stretched to 61sec, posting a potential finishing time of well under 2.03. Since Gebreselassie himself had suggested that 2.03 was his limit, he had in effect predicted his own demise.”

Gerbrselassie was the fast to admit that the start was too fast, “I wanted to do 62 minutes for halfway, and I paid the price in the final stages, but I’m happy to run this time. You know, everything needs to be perfect, and today, I missed one little thing”.

In the end the 34 year old Ethiopian was 27 seconds shy of his record. His effort at Dubai marathon won him the biggest prize in marathon history, $250,000.


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