Gebrselassie calls off short-lived retirement

November 15, 2010

“My announcement in New York was my first reaction after a disappointing race,” Gebrselassie said on Twitter. “When my knee is better again I will start focussing on my next race.”

His manager, Jos Hermens, told The Associated Press last week that Gebrselassie was in an emotional state when he made the surprise announcement in New York.

His coach, Woldemeskel Kostre, said in French sports daily L’Equipe that Gebrselassie could now compete “until he’s 45.”

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.

He has said he wants to compete through the 2012 London Olympics.

Gebrselassie skipped the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for fear that pollution would affect his running. He ran the 10,000 meters instead and finished sixth.