Posted by: Joe English | October 2, 2008

Racing: Haile Gebrselassie to race next in 2009 Dubai Marathon

Gebrselassie in Dubai 2008

Gebrselassie in Dubai 2008

DUBAI — Fresh from breaking his own world marathon record and becoming the first man to run under 2:04:00, Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie has confirmed his next major appearance will be in the $2 million Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 16, 2009.

As well as a top prize fund of $1 million, the race also offers a world record bonus payout of an additional $1 million, courtesy of Dubai Holding.

In the Berlin, Gebrselassie further cemented his incredible running legacy with a world record time of 2:03:59 –- the 26th world record of his astonishing career and his third win in the Berlin Marathon.

The last three times ‘Geb’ has run the 26.2 mile (42.195km) event –- Berlin in 2007 and 2008 and in Dubai earlier this year — he has set the three fastest times in history. Beating the record yet again in Dubai is the 35 year-old’s next marathon target following a 15km race in Melbourne in November.

“Considering he was nursing a calf injury prior to running in Berlin, setting another world record is an amazing achievement by Haile,” said Ahmed Al Kamali, Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon General Co-ordinator, President of the UAE Athletics Federation and Al Ahli Club Board Member.

Gebrselassie himself believes he can go even faster. During training for Berlin, he was running quicker than at any time in his marathon career.

“After the race (Berlin), I didn’t feel so tired,” he said. “It feels great to be the first man under 2.04 in the marathon. Myself, I can do 2.03 something – if I don’t get injured, maybe 2.02.59, but considering my shape and my age, 2.03.30, or 2.03.20.”

Source: Dubai Marathon
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