Gebrselassie returns to Dubai in search of $1 Million World record bonus – Pat Butcher for the IAAF

October 2nd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Haile Gebrselassie who sensationally improved his marathon World record last weekend in Berlin (more…)

Haile Gebrselassie who sensationally improved his marathon World record last weekend in Berlin with the first ever sub 2:04 clocking in history race will race in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 16 January 2009, with a $1 Million bonus for a further improvement of the global mark his ultimate target.

Gebrselassie, 35 won the 2008 Dubai race, but started much too fast, and eventually ran 2:04:53, then second only to his world record 2:04:26 in Berlin 2007. The tiny Ethiopian returned to Berlin last Sunday, improving to 2:03:59, thus becoming the first sub-2.04 marathoner in history, and owner of the three fastest times in history.

The Ethiopian’s return to Dubai will now be even more eagerly anticipated. “I made a mistake with the pace in Dubai last time,” said Gebrselassie after his Berlin victory, “and I learned from that mistake.”

“Everything has to be perfect for another record, weather, pacemakers. I feel I can do 2:03 something. If I don’t get injured, maybe 2:02:59, but considering my shape and my age, 2:03:30, or 2:03:20.”

Not counting the World record bonus, the Dubai Marathon’s overall prize pot is already $1m, with $250,000 each going to the men’s and women’s winners.

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