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 Haile Gebrselassie earned $1 million
World Best Set in 10,000 Meters on Road
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 DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Haile Gebrselassie earned $1 million Wednesday by setting a world best for 10,000 meters on a road course that starts and finishes at the same spot.
The Ethiopian finished in 27 minutes, 2 seconds at the QSI road race, and received the cash prize from organizers. The old mark was 27:11 by Sammy Kipketer.
Gebrselassie is the Olympic and world champion at 10,000 and holds the distance's record on the track (26:22.75).
He used Wednesday's event to improve his speed for the 3,000 at the World Indoor Championships in March in Birmingham, England.
"This race was to help me access my fitness, and I am very pleased, though I still need more speed," he said. "I would say I was between 75 to 80 percent of the level I hope to achieve next year."
Gebrselassie won't run a marathon until after August's World Outdoor Championships. He finished third in his first attempt at 26.2 miles, April's London Marathon.

Mamo Wolde dies
27 May 2002 - Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's former Olympic marathon champion Mamo Wolde died on Sunday after a long illness, Ethiopian state television has confirmed.More at 

Wolde, a former army captain, was 70 years old. He became a sporting hero in Ethiopia after winning the marathon gold at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and the bronze in the 1972 Munich Games.

London Marathon Record Targeted More at

Fri Apr 12,12:10 PM ET

LONDON (AP) - Khalid Khannouchi (news - external web site) intends to protect his territory.

The world record-holder is not pleased by talk that distance greats Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat aim to break his mark in the London Marathon on Sunday.
"It's like they're invading my event," the Moroccan-born American said Friday. "Maybe I won't say my event, but they're invading the marathon and this is the perfect time for me to step up."


Marathon stage set for Gebrselassie at London
Fri Apr 12, 6:03 AM ET

Dick Patrick USA TODAY

Haile Gebrselassie was 15 when he bummed rides from the countryside to the capital, Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and ran 2 hours, 48 minutes for the marathon.


Gebrselassie Makes Debut in London
Wed Apr 10, 3:24 PM ET
By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer

LONDON - The prospect of a world record awaits, and Haile Gebrselassie will try to oblige.

The Ethiopian great runs in the London Marathon on Sunday, making his debut in an elite marathon.

He has set 15 world records on the track and won two Olympic gold medals and four world championship titles at 10,000 meters. He holds the 10,000 world record and used his blistering speed to win a world indoor title in the 1,500.

The next challenge is 26.2 miles, and the marathon mark of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 42 seconds.

"I will try to do what people expect," he said Wednesday. "It's difficult to say the time, how fast."


Fatuma and Tedesse  become winners at the Suzuki Rock and Roll Marathon
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - (June 3, 2001) - At the 4th Suzuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, John Kagwe and Margaret Okayo of Kenya ran controlled races for convincing victories. Kagwe, the two-time New York City Marathon winner (1997-98), signaled his return to form, while Okayo defended her Rock 'n' Roll title by breaking her own course record.In the men's race, after a moderate opening mile of 4:56 the four pace setters and eventual champion Kagwe, separated themselves from the field and at 3 miles (14:38), the lead was about 100 meters. These five athletes stayed together reaching the 10 kilometer mark in 29:38 and the 10 mile mark in 48:03, 57 seconds ahead of the second pack. The overcast marine layer protected the runners from the sun and the mile average of 4:48 had people on the press truck speculating a finish time of sub-2:08.

The Ethiopian pacesetter Negussa Urge, after leading the race for a mile, dropped back leaving the three Kenyans, Kiprotich, Kimondiu and Kumatai, to set the pace for Kagwe. They reached the halfway point in 1:03:35, almost a minute ahead of the planned schedule and dropped out of the race leaving Kagwe to run on his own, 45 seconds ahead of the field.

Kagwe, 32, managed to maintain a sub-5 minute pace for the next few miles reaching 25K in 1:15:45. Then the toll began to tell and the pace dropped to slightly slower than 5 minutes a mile and former two-time race champion Philip Tarus, running with countryman Phillip Tanui, steadily cut into the lead. At 18 miles Tarus had dropped Tanui and was only 20 seconds behind Kagwe. At 20 miles in 1:38:11 the two were side-by-side. They ran together for the next mile and a half when Kagwe tested Tarus and with a sudden surge opened a 5 meter gap. Tarus immediately responded and appeared to be a likely winner.

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Street Named After Haile GebreselassiePanafrican

October 7, 2000

Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian contingent to the Sydney Olympic games was honoured at a national palace dinner Friday during which the government announced that a street in Addis Ababa would be named after the country's renowned long-distance runner, Haile Gebreselassie

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Addisu Hunegnaw

An astonishing reasult which will be remeber in history book not only for Ethiopia proper but also for Africa. Indeed it is a gaint step for our atleth to the African continent. Long live Abebe Bikila's pioneering step who is always an inspiring source to our present success and the future generation to come. My utmost gratitude to make us Ethiopians proud. Thank you very much !!! Addisu Stockholm

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Marathon: Abera wins gold for Ethiopia

Gezahgne Abera won the men's Olympic marathon as African runners swept the medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. > more

Men's MarathonA 22-year-old Ethiopian athlete, Gezaghne Abera is the first Olympic marathon champion of the third millennium. Or, using a more traditional way of counting, the last of the twentieth century. More at IAA

Whatever way you want to look at it, everyone must agree that he is a magnificent champion: he ran his race with intelligence and perfect style, dominating the tough course and, above all, the Kenyan Eric Wainaina who, four years ago in Atlanta, took the bronze medal in this event.

Is Haile Gebrselassie, the diminutive, charismatic distance runner from Ethiopia, the best distance runner of

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