Gebrselassie reconsiders retirement plan, says manager

AP, Wednesday 10 Nov 2010

The manager of Haile Gebrselassie says the Ethiopian long-distance great is reassessing his sudden announcement to retire and hopes he will run until the London Olympics.

Haile Gebrselassie
Haile Gebrselassie

The manager of Haile Gebrselassie says the Ethiopian long-distance great is reassessing his sudden announcement to retire and hopes he will run until the London Olympics.


Jos Hermens tells The Associated Press that a sudden knee injury which forced him out of Sunday's New York Marathon left him in an emotional state which led to the rash announcement.

Hermens has spoken to him by phone since and says "he was already a lot more neutral" during the conversation and said "let me think about it."

Gebrselassie won two Olympic 10,000-meter gold medals and set the marathon world record of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 59 seconds in 2008.
 

Up to the New York race, Gebrselassie had said he wanted to compete through the 2012 Olympics.

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