Haile Gebrselassie’s next marathon will be the 33rd real,-
BERLIN-MARATHON on September 24th. This announcement was made by
Berlin’s Race Director Mark Milde today. The signing of Ethiopia’s
superstar is among the most high-carat commitments ever in the history
of the biggest German marathon race which belongs to the formation of
the World Marathon Majors (WMM). Haile Gebrselassie is the second star
runner signed for this year’s real,- BERLIN MARATHON. On September 24th
Japan’s Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi will run in Berlin as well.
Last year she won the race in a new Asian record of 2:19:12 hours.
"Special Coup" said Milde
„We surely made a special coup by signing Haile
Gebrselassie. And we are happy that Haile, who is one of the best long
distance runners of all times, decided to come to the real,- BERLIN
MARATHON,“ Mark Milde said. The real,- BERLIN MARATHON already has
32,000 registrations and as soon as the limit of 40,000 participants is
reached, the registration will be closed.
20 world records
Haile Gebrselassie dominated long distance track
running for years. He was 10,000 m Olympic Champion twice (1996 and
2000). At World Championships he won a gold medal at 10,000 m four
times in a row (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999). The 33 year-old set altogether
20 world records in his career. At the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 he
had to be content with fifth place in the 10,000 m final due to an
injury. After that Haile Gebrselassie decided to concentrate on road
running. This year he already broke two world records, which are not
yet officially approved: He ran the half marathon in 58:55 minutes and
clocked 1:11:37 hours for 25 k.
So far Haile Gebrselassie ran a marathon four times.
At an age of 15 he ran his first marathon in 2:48 hours in Ethiopia.
His real debut followed many years later: In London he finished third
in a very fast 2:06:35 in 2002. After he winning Amsterdam with a world
lead of 2:06:20 hours last October, he didn’t run that well at the
Flora London Marathon in April. Haile Gebrselassie finished ninth in
Scoring points for the Jackpot of WMM
The improvement of his personal best is his premier
goal at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON. Furthermore Haile Gebrselassie
hopes to collect his first World Marathon Majors’ scoring points for
the jackpot in Berlin after missing out in London. In the WMM series
the best runners of the world collect points in a two years’ cycle.
Besides Berlin the BAA Boston Marathon, the Flora London Marathon, the
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon belong
to the series. The Olympic Marathons as well as the World Championship
Marathons will also count for the jackpot race. The best male and
female runners will share the jackpot of one million US-Dollars at the
end of the two year cycle. A maximum of four races will be counted.