Gebrselassie retires from competitive running

Sun May 10, 2015 5:20pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - Haile Gebrselassie, considered one of athletics' greatest distance runners, said on Sunday he was retiring from competitive running.

The Ethiopian's long-time manager at first said it was not the end of Gebrselassie's career, but later issued a press release saying the runner had retired from athletics.

"Running legend Haile Gebrselassie announced his retirement from competitive running at the Great Manchester Run today where he ran his last competitive race," the statement said.

Gebrselassie was quoted as saying: "I am retiring from competitive running, not from running. You cannot stop running, this is my life. And I am still enjoying my farewell tour like today in Manchester."

His manager, Jos Hermens, could not be reached to explain the new statement.

"Yes, probably a kind of retirement!" Hermens said in a text message alerting Reuters to the new statement.

Earlier, Hermens had texted Reuters: "No, he's not retiring; he will be in Glasgow in October. He'll probably never retire."

Gebrselassie, 42, had told BBC Sport he was retiring from competitive running after finishing 16th in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.   Continued...

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Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie waves as he approaches the finish line at the end of the Morrisons Great Manchester Run, during an interview afterwards he announced his retirement 
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