Haile Gebrselassie shatters half marathon record


Jan 15th, 2006 … 58 min 55 sec

Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia), king of middle distance running for so many years, shattered the world record in the half marathon with a time of 58 minutes, 55 seconds at P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona. He lowered the mark by 21 seconds (previous world record 59:16). Gebrselassie also broke the 20K mark, running it in 55:48, He now has a total of 20 world records set in his name.

This happened the same day we were running the Mumbai Marathon.

Gebrselassie’s most recent attempt at a World record came up short, when he won the Amsterdam Marathon on 16 October 16, 2005, in 2:06:20 for his first marathon victory. His time was the fastest in the world last year, and he is currently the IAAF World Ranked number three for road running.

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