Haile Gebrselassie announces his retirement By RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer

November 7th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

NEW YORK (AP)—World-record holder Haile Gebrselassie stunned the running world by announcing his retirement Sunday after dropping out of the New York City Marathon.

The 37-year-old Ethiopian great, widely considered the greatest distance runner ever, pulled out at the 16-mile mark with a right knee injury.

“I never think about to retire. But for the first time, this is the day,” Gebrselassie said at a brief news conference afterward. “Let me stop and do other work after this.”

Gebrselassie runs two schools and several businesses in Ethiopia, including a car dealership, a movie theater and a newly opened hotel. He spoke passionately Friday about improving lives in his country, about the responsibility that comes with employing others. He’s thought about entering politics—he just needs to figure out how he can best help the most people.

In the days leading up to his NYC Marathon debut, Gebrselassie insisted his training was going well. But in a TV interview minutes before Sunday’s race, he revealed his knee was bothering him. He had an MRI on Saturday that showed fluid and tendinitis in the joint.

“I don’t want to complain anymore after this, which means it’s better to stop here,” he said.

Running with the large lead pack, Gebrselassie pulled up grimacing on the downhill of the Queensboro Bridge.

NYC Marathon organizers had been recruiting Gebrselassie for a decade. He finally agreed to come, saying a win in New York was one achievement missing from his brilliant career.

As of Saturday, it was unlikely Gebrselassie would even start the race, New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said. She said he had his knee drained and was given cortisone.

“At that point you realize you might not have the dream finish,” she said.

Gebrselassie set the marathon world record of 2:03:59 in Berlin in 2008. He won two Olympic gold medals in the 10,000 meters.

In an interview with The Associated Press in Addis Ababa late last month, Gebrselassie insisted he wanted to compete through at least the 2012 London Games.

“Why should I retire? Why should I say I will retire in three or four years? You retire the very moment you utter those words,” he said then. “I still think about doing more.”

Just as this Ethiopian star was retiring, a new one was emerging. Gebre Gebremariam won Sunday’s race in his marathon debut at the age of 26.

“Haile is special. Haile is king,” Gebremariam said. “So even Haile’s retiring, we have to learn so many things from Haile. Haile’s a good guy, even in business and in athletics. So I think we have to push to run more. I’m so disappointed when I hear this one. Maybe in my country just I have to do something about this.”

  1. Fittih
    | #1

    Haile, you are the best runner in the world,and I proud to be your landsman.by now,you are doing so many things in our homeland,I appriciate you.but ,as far as I know,all you have done, are for those minorities, who have money.Auto dealing, Hotels,bisness centre etc.,almost 90% of the population can not afford that cost which you demand.thus ,let you look to those young streetboys and girls, who have not a minimal elementary chance .when I come in your Hotel, I feel good, but after ,when I leave your hotel and go out,I feel sad ,because I will see the difference between the egoist rich ethiopians in your hotel and those hopless kids on the street.do something for these kids,your abundance would be blessed.or try to save the forest which our land lost daily.

  2. simmotegna
    | #2

    good luck Haile, you are our sign of pride. God bless you all with what you do everyday!

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