Haile Gebrselassie will make Great South Run debut

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Haile Gebrselassie has confirmed he will make his debut in the 25th edition of the Bupa Great South Run this October.

Gebrselassie, a two-time Olympic champion over 10,000m, will line up on the streets of Portsmouth to take on the 10 mile course.

"I love competing in the Bupa Great Run series," Gebrselassie was quoted as saying on the IAAF website. I have run in the Great Run races in Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Australia and Ethiopia and I have won them all too.

"It will be great to add the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth to the list. It will be a new experience for me at the age of 41."

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Despite probably being past his best, the former marathon world record-holder will almost certainly challenge for the win on the seaside coast, a fast, flat course.


"My training has been going well but I cannot indicate what time I am going to run. I had a small surgery on my knee a few months ago but I am in pretty good shape now."

Gebrselassie's last appearance in the Great North Run was in 2013 when he was the pacesetter in the battle of Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah. Bekele edged out the British athlete on that day, with Gebrselassie half a minute behind.

Bekele and Farah won't be competing in Portsmouth, but the race should still be an entertaining one, with the Ethiopian long-distance great hoping to add to his long list of accolades.

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