Monday, October 1, 2007

Haile Gebrselassie breaks world record at Berlin Marathon








Haile Gebrselassie broke the marathon world record yesterday, winning the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds.
The 34-year-old Ethiopian was 29 seconds faster than the four-year-old mark of 2:04:55 set by Kenya's Paul Tergat, on the German capital's flat and fast course where six world records have been set.


Photo: Markus Schreiber/Associated Press


I drank coffee for 2 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds yesterday after a one hour run.


Guess we need to start getting serious about our speed work if we want to give Haile a run for his money. BTW - Haile got $71,000 for the win and $71,000 for the world record. Not bad hourly pay.
I must add that Scott Jurek won the Spartathlon this weekend as well.


11 comments:

Donald said...

Geb is unbelievable. He's the King.

aquaasho said...

He's such a hero! But do you think that's not a lot of money for breaking a World Record like that?

olga said...

Still much happier for Scott and Karl than for this guy, speed, money, fame and all...and no, ain't going to work on speed, just on cry-baby technique:)

Joe said...

Just an unreal performance. I'm happy for him and for distance running in general.

Backofpack said...

You know, I think it's possible that Haile might have enjoyed that marathon coffee we had too. I mean, sitting around with wet runners, swilling coffee and eating pastries (thanks to Rick), talking about running, planning runs and laughing uproariously...what's not to like? And, at least you ran for a bit.

Addy said...

Definitely a big weekend for running.

Having not yet sucessfully run a half marathon in 2 hours and 4 minutes, I feel ridiculously slow now :)

Pretty spectacular!

runliarun said...

What a fabulous picture, with the Brandenburger Tor in the background. The gate was symbolic for the wall that divided east from west, and us from liberty. It's always cool to see a breakthrough on that spot.

shawn said...

I'm just thinking of all the running gear & running related travel I could buy with $71,000! Way to go for Scott! A couple people at work who had heard of Scott's win asked me about it and I was like "yeah, he rocked" (as if I knew him personally). :)

Dori said...

That picture brings back memories. I was in Berlin during the 2004 marathon. I was in training for my own Twin Cities marathon and went on a training run the day before along the same course. There was a roller-blading marathon that day and the streets were blocked off, so I got to run down Strasse des 17 Juni, with the Victory Column at my back. Later, SD and I were having lunch on Unter den Linden as the mid-packers were running towards the Brandenburg Gate on their way to the finish. It was a great experience!

Sarah Elaine said...

Sure beats my 12-minute miles. :-)

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