G4S 4teen mentor Haile Gebrselassie clocks fastest 10k Run

  • 22 May 2012 17:43
Double Olympic Champion secures his fifth first place finish at Great Manchester Run
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Largely considered the greatest long distance runner of all time, 39-year-old Haile clocked 27 minutes and 29 seconds to beat compatriots Tsegae Kebede and Ayele Abshero, and secure his fourth consecutive win, having won the race five times in his career.

Haile missed out on selection for the London 2012 marathon, but told reporters he may compete in the 10,000m event in which he has won two Olympic gold medals. His next race will be on the track in Hengelo, Holland, next Sunday in an event which will double as the Ethiopian trials. The top three finishers will be selected for the London Games.

Speaking about the race in Manchester, Haile said, "I am so happy today, everything was perfect.

"I am not surprised to run that fast. I wanted to run under 27 minutes.

"According to my training this year, I feel I can run faster on the track. I want to go under 27 minutes, that's what I am thinking. If I run this fast on the road, why not on the track?"

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