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Emperor Haile blows final whistle; Britton battles to pb at Great Manchester Run

Haile Gebreselassie announced his retirement from competitive running after finishing 16th in the Great Manchester Run 10k in 30:05 yesterday.

The 42-year-old Ethiopian claimed two Olympic gold medals, nine world championship victories and set 25 world records over his 25-year career and has finally called time on his competitive career.

“I’m retiring from competitive running, not from running. You cannot stop running, this is my life,” said Gebrselassie who originally announced his retirement five years ago. Injuries have curtailed his training and subsequent performances. His greatest race was surely his duel with Paul Tergat over 10,000m at the Sydney Olympics.

Haile Gebrselassie has been competing since 1992 when he won the 5000m and 10.000m title at the World Junior Championships. He had an impressive career which also included 61 Ethiopian records.

Haile Gebrselassie will now focus more on his businesses in Ethiopia. He employs more than 1000 people in several businesses, and is involved in real estate projects, owns four hotels, a coffee plantation and is the distributor for Hyundai in Ethiopia. His next big dream is to be part of the further development of Ethiopia. He considers community projects as his responsibility. He is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and involved in tree planting, road projects and he built several schools in his residential area.

Haile Gebrselassie will also remain a running ambassador and wants to stay active in athletics.
Haile Gebrselassie: “I want to thank all my fans, friends, competitors and main sponsor Adidas for their support and for all they did for me. I have had 23 incredible years in athletics on the elite level! Looking forward to stay involved as a running ambassador and promote running around the world.”

Sambu wins while Lagat still flies

Stephen Sambu won the race in a swift 27:30 with Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers) finishing a credible 10th in 29:20 and Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s) was 15th in 29:54. Stephen Mokoka set a South African record in second in 27:38 while evergreen Bernard Lagat ran 27:48 for third – the 40-year-old seemingly drinking from the fountain of youth.

Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole) had to settle for 7th in the women’s race but had the consolation of a new road personal best of 32:56 bettering her 33:07 from the Great Ireland Run last month. Britton would have been hoping for more in race won by Betsy Saina in 31:49. Gemma Steel finished second in 31:55 and the Kilcoole athlete surely had eyes on being a little closer. Nonetheless, she is progressing as she gets used to the roads and looks to make her mark in the marathon in Autumn. Ann-Marie McGlynn was 16th in 34:52.

If you missed any of Saturday’s action at the City Games, you can watch the races below.

STEPHEN SAMBU 00:27:30 Gun Time
STEPHEN MOKOKA 00:27:38 Gun Time
BERNARD LAGAT 00:27:48 Gun Time
WILSON KIPSANG 00:27:53 Gun Time
LEONARD KOMON 00:28:19 Gun Time
ANDREW BUTCHART 00:29:09 Gun Time
ROSS MILLINGTON 00:29:11 Gun Time
JONATHAN TAYLOR 00:29:19 Gun Time
MARK CHRISTIE 00:29:20 Gun Time

BETSY SAINA 00:31:49 Gun Time
GEMMA STEEL 00:31:55 Gun Time
EDNA KIPLAGAT 00:31:57 Gun Time
CAROLINE KILEL 00:32:18 Gun Time
DIANE NUKURI 00:32:27 Gun Time
TIKI GELANA 00:33:12 Gun Time
JESS COULSON 00:33:15 Gun Time
JO PAVEY 00:33:21 Gun Time

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

1 Comment

  1. John Maye
    May 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    Does Porter blank Solomen after the race? Around 37/38 second mark???

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