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Friday, January 18, 2008

Gebrselassie wins Dubai Marathon but misses new record

Dubai Marathon: 2:04:53. Pretty good, but no cigar. It is reasonable, though, in all respects, to consider Haile Gebrselassie the best long distance runner in history.

Why? It is his own record he missed.

His record: 2:04:26 (Berlin, 2007 - mentioned in an earlier post)

Haile Gebrselassie Misses World Marathon Best In Dubai But Runs 2:04:53
That's the second fastest 26.2-miler of all-time, behind only his own 2:04:26 from the Berlin Marathon in September. The Ethiopian earned $250,000 for his victory at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Friday morning but missed a possible $1 million bonus for a new world record. He and his pacesetters set out on a scorching pace - 28:38 for 10k and 1:01:27 at the half marathon - but running alone, Gebrselassie drifted off that pace in the latter stages. But he's still got the two fastest marathon times in history; that's pretty darn impressive. Berhane Adere led a 1-2-3 Ethiopian sweep of the women's race in 2:22:42, also earning $250,000, as Bezunesh Bekele was second in a marathon debut of 2:23:09. World Cross Country titleist Lornah Kiplagat, now representing the Netherlands, dropped out at the midway mark with a calf problem. More

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