Haile Gebrselassie to take on the Berlin Marathon this weekend
He will be looking to run a qualifying time to represent his home country of Ethiopia at London 2012.
Viewers in the UK can watch the race live on BBC2 from 7:45 AM on Sunday 25 September. British favourite Paula Radcliffe will also be running in Berlin, competing in the women’s elite marathon group.
Largely called the greatest long distance runner of all time, double Olympic Champion and current world record holder in the Marathon, Haile Gebrselassie, discovered his love for running on his runs to and from school, where he developed a unique running style due to the pile of books he held in one hand.
Haile won the Olympic 10,000m titles in 1996 and 2000, holds the marathon world record, set in Berlin in 2008, and has said that he wants to compete over the distance at the London Olympics in less than a year’s time. His next race will be the Berlin Marathon on 25 September.
Haile has an active life outside of running. The elite runner has his own running club, has established two schools just outside of his native Addis Ababa, a hotel in the mountains of Ethiopia, and employs more than 1,000 people in his home city. Additionally, one of his most important undertakings is his role as mentor to the G4S 4teen athletes, fourteen athletes from developing countries around the world with the common goal of competing at the London Olympics in 2012.