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IAAF.org: Gebrselassie takes comfortable Half Marathon win in Granollers in 60:17

2006-02-07

Haile Gebrselassie, the four-times World and twice Olympic 10,000m champion, clinched a commanding win at the Mitja Marató de Granollers Half-Marathon on Sunday (5 February). ‘The Emperor,’ in his first outing since his World Record 58:55* over the Half-Marathon distance three weeks earlier, clocked 1:00:17 for a commanding win.

Competing on an ideal day for distance running with temperatures in the 5º C (start) and 12º C (finish) range, the 32-year-old Ethiopian legend held off the challenge produced by Kenya’s Francis Kiprop, who finished second in 1:00:50.

After a relatively slow start it was Kiprop, whose previous best was 1:01:32, who controlled the pace, with only Gebrselassie in pursuit. The crucial moment came in the 14th kilometre when the Ethiopian upped the tempo and sped away. So frantic was his pace that he clocked a 2:35 split in the downhill 18th kilometre. After an initial 30:15 half, Gebrselassie closed with a 29:52 over the final 10.55Km. Gebrselassie sliced 1:16 from his 1:01:33 winning performance here last year.


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