In the running world, since 1993, Haile Gebrselassie has been there. Not just there. Dominating. He has not been perfect; has not won every race he has entered. Yet he has, over time, been the best. Very few would argue with that. Bekele is close, and if he can have the long carrer as Gebrselassie has had, he very well will be declared the king of running. Yet for now, it’s Geb. He holds the marathon world record – 2:03:59 – which he ran when he was 35 years old. 2:03:59. 26.2 miles. That is almost super-human. Maybe it is super human. This could be a record we see stand for a long, long time. I mean seriously, that’s 4:44/mile.
After dropping out of the NYC marathon on Sunday due to knee pain on Sunday (an MRI showed he has fluid build up), he shocked the running world with his bombshell announcement that he is retiring. Retiring. Most thought that would come after the 2012 Olympics. Yet he has realised that his body can’t withstand the hard training and he is very graceful stepping aside. Here is a link to the speech. It’s hard to imagine watching the world-class events without Haile Gebrselassie.