Haile Gebrselassie Sets New Marathon World Record!

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Some called Paul Tergat’s record an impossible feat to eclipse. Well, Haile Gebrselassie has proven it wasn’t with a finish at the Berlin Marathon of 2:04:26!

After having set numerous other world records, this amazing accomplishment certainly solidifies Haile’s well deserved position at the very top of the world’s best ever distance runners. Congratulations Haile!gebrselassie_gal_l_07.jpg

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Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

  1. Jack on October 1st at 4:13 am

    I watched the finish on German TV, what an amazing runner! In an interview he said two amazing things. 1) He apologized to the public for not running in 2:03 like he promised. 2) He apologized to the previous world record holder (and friend) Paul Tergat for dethroning him. Wow!

  2. Peter Darbyshire on October 1st at 10:58 am

    That’s the little man for you. Always has a smile on his face. What a champion he still is after all this time. What a range – former world indoor 1,500m champion to world marathon record holder…

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  4. abdulkerim on April 29th at 8:15 pm

    He is the best runner I have ever seen!!! He always has hope and that made him one of the most succeful athletes of all time!!