Haile Gebrselassie is a stud. No ifs, ands or buts. At the Dubai Marathon last Friday (1/18/08) he ran 2:04:54 - for the 2nd fastest marathon ever - just 28 secs off his world record of 2:04:26 (which he set just this last September). In the span of only 3 1/2 months, he's run the 2 fastest marathons of all time. He' s set more than 2 dozen world recores in the course of his career, won 2 Oly and 3 World titles at 10,000 meters, an indoor 1,500 meter title, world half marathon titles - the list goes on and on and on.
It's going to be curious to see if he decides to take on the marathon at the Bejing Olympics. And, if he does, how will he handle a tactical race versus the time trials like Berlin and Dubai. His history at racing the marathon (i.e. London) has not been stellar.
Personally, I would love to see him run Bejing and win one last gold medal at the Olympics. What a cherry on top for the stellar career of the Great One.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails.