Haile Takes Gold
In a wet and windy Manchester, the sporting legend showed his younger rivals how to be a champion.
“My big challenge right now is trying to be better than the youngsters," Gebrselassie, 38, said before the race, which proved to be prophetic as Britain’s Chris Thompson kept pace with the Ethiopian for 7 kilometres before fading in to the distance. Thompson, the European silver medallist finished second, 11 seconds behind Haile Gebrselassie.
Whilst in the UK for the race, Haile took time to visit Manchester United and had his photo taken with Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. He also spoke to the Observer newspaper about his career to date, the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games and his role as ambassador to the G4S 4teen – a programme that mentors young athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds around the world, all with the common goal of hoping to win Gold for their respective countries.
Haile says he has been so inspired by his role as G4S 4teen team mentor, that he plans to set up his own sponsorship mentoring programme for young Ethiopian athletes, sponsored by his own company. He enjoys working with the G4S 4teen and finds it satisfying sharing his wisdom and experiences with young people. And Haile’s win at the Great Manchester Run shows he still has what it takes to be a champion.
Followers of the G4S Sport Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/#!/G4S_Sport) were able to follow Haile’s progress in the Great Manchester Run online, and one lucky follower won a Haile sport goody bag for correctly predicting his finish time.
For more information on Haile Gebrselassie and the G4S 4teen visit www.G4Ssport.com