Gebrselassie breaks world marathon record again – BERLIN (AFP)

September 28th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie was delighted to put his recent calf injury behind him to break his own world record on Sunday at the Berlin Marathon for the second consecutive year in the German capital. (more…)

Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie was delighted to put his recent calf injury behind him to break his own world record on Sunday at the Berlin Marathon for the second consecutive year in the German capital.

The 35-year-old brushed off a calf injury he suffered in training two weeks ago to come home in a time of 2hrs 03min 59sec.

He took nearly half a minute off his own previous world record of 2hrs 04mins 26sec set here twelve months ago to fulfill his own confident pre-race prediction of setting a new best mark.

This was the sixth time the world record has been broken in Berlin on the traditionally flat course.

“I am so, so happy, everything was perfect, the weather was perfect, the spectators were perfect, everything – I am so happy” said the Ethiopian.

“Two weeks ago I had a bit of a problem with my calf muscle, but I took a week off.

“It gave me a few worries coming here, but I forgot about it as the race wore on.

“I knew before I came here I could do something special, if you look from the beginning, everyone in Berlin seems to come and watch the race, it’s a wonderful feeling.”

The twice Olympic 5000m champion has plenty of reasons to be happy.

As well as breaking the 26th world record of his career he will receive 50,000 euros (73,000 US dollars) for winning on top of his estimated 250,000 euros (365,000 US dollars) fee for racing here.

It was his sixth victory in his ninth marathon and this was the 35th Berlin marathon.

Kenya’s James Kwambai finished second in a time of 2hrs 5mins 36secs and his compatriot Charles Kamathi was third in 2hrs 7mins 48secs.

Germany’s Irina Mikitenko, who won the London Marathon earlier this year, won the women’s race in a time of 2hrs 19mins 18secs which was a personal best and the fastest time in the world this year.

  1. ethopian
    | #1

    Very good

  2. Give up
    | #2

    This Guy run only for money i don’t respect him any more, i don’t know way we Ethiopians call him a hero after China olympic like he said he is good business man, he haven’t done nothing for the country or for the people, if he love Ethiopia at list give you winning money for the kid who doesn’t have nothing to eat. Haile you have money up to your nick at list ones be generous you will be remember as HERO ,other wise we will remember you as greedy.

  3. sucker
    | #3

    i just want to say hile you are woyane’s tale you are nothing but money collector. stop using ETHIOPIANS name to get money. why didn’t you run even try to run in china. HILE FUCK YOU

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