Manager: Gebrselassie reconsiders retirement plan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 10, 2010 20:19

BRUSSELS — Ethiopian long-distance great Haile Gebrselassie was said to be reassessing his sudden retirement on Wednesday, and his manager hopes he will run in the 2012 London Olympics.

Jos Hermens told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a knee injury that forced Gebrselassie out of Sunday's New York Marathon left him in an emotional state and led to the rash announcement. Hermens said he'd spoken to Gebrselassie by phone since the race.

"He was already a lot more neutral," Hermens said, adding that Gebrselassie told him, "Let me think about it."

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

The 37-year-old runner had said he wanted to compete through the 2012 London Olympics.


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