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 Ethiopian Shoots For Half-Marathon Record
Submitted by Rickshaw :: Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:33 pm
Top distance runner Haile Gebrselassie plans an attempt for the half-marathon world record at tomorrow's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon. With the help of three pace-setters, the 32-year-old Ethiopian will run the final half of the marathon, aiming at the mark of 59:16 set by 18-year-old Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru in Rotterdam last September 11. "If it happens, wonderful. If not, what can I do?," Gebrselassie said prior to the race. "This is not my first competition. It's not my last competition. I will try for it next time. We'll see." If he's successful, it would be the 19th world record for Gebrselassie, who won Olympic gold medals at 10,000 meters in 1996 and 2000 and is a four-time world champion.

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He did it! 58:55 Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:23 pm 

Wow, what a run! He took 21 seconds off the previous half-marathon record, with a finish time of 58:55. While en route, he also set a new 20K world record of 55:48, besting Paul Tergat's previous record of 56:18.

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