Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ethiopian legend Gebrselassie to tackle 10km race at Stanchart Marathon 2014

Usain Bolt & Haile Gebrselassie
SINGAPORE — Former marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie will headline the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Dec 7, although the 41-year-old Ethiopian will be tackling the 10km race instead of the full marathon.
Gebrselassie won the 10,000m at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics, and won the gold medal for that distance at four consecutive World Athletic Championships from 1993 to 1999.
He will line up in Singapore alongside close to 13,000 participants for the 10km run  his first race in South-east Asia   having once covered the distance in 26min 22.75 secs.
At the 2008 Berlin Marathon, Gebrselassie became the first man to dip below 2hrs 4min  for the full marathon  his record of 2:03:59 stood for three years.