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Haile Gebrselassie wins Berlin Marathon for 4th time,

Posted: 20 Sep 2009 12:17
by Ethiopians
Haile Gebrselassie wins Berlin Marathon for 4th time, fails to set world record

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BERLIN, Germany — Haile Gebrselassie won the Berlin Marathon for the fourth straight time Sunday despite struggling in the last third of the race.

The Ethiopian star was on world record pace in the first 30 kilometres. But once his last pace maker dropped out, Gebrselassie noticeably slowed down and was gritting his teeth by the time he approached the finish line under the Brandenburg Gate in sunny and warm weather.

"It wasn't marathon weather," Gebrselassie said. "It was too warm in the last 10 kilometres. ... At the beginning it was perfect. I could have tried to push maybe, but really it's wonderful. I am OK."
Gebrselassie set world records in winning on his favourite course the last two years, but this time he finished well over in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 8 seconds.

Last year, Gebrselassie became the first man to run under 2 hours, 4 minutes when he finished in 2:03:59 and slashed 27 seconds off his previous mark. He is the only man to win the Berlin Marathon four times.

Francis Kiprop of Kenya was second in 2:07:04 and Negari Therfa of Ethiopia was third in 2:07:41.

Gebrselassie's pace makers pushed him over the first 30 kilometres and the Ethiopian looked capable of smashing the world mark again. But when Kenya's Sammy Kosgei dropped out, Gebrselassie was left alone in the front and he could not keep up the fast pace.

"Maybe the first 30K were too fast," he said.

The early pace was too much for Duncan Kibet of Kenya, who came into the race with the fastest time in the world this year of 2:04:27, which he ran in April in Rotterdam.

Kibet was more than a minute behind after 20 kilometres and later dropped out with what looked like a hip problem.

An Ethiopian runner also won the women's marathon, with Atsede Besuye crossing the line in 2:24:47 despite a bleeding toe.

"I noticed it after kilometre 30 but there was nothing I could do except keep running," Besuye said.

Silvia Skvortsova of Russia was second in 2:26:24 and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia was third in 2:26:38.

source:canadian press

Re: Haile Gebrselassie wins Berlin Marathon for 4th time,

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:33
by ኦሽንoc
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