Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gebrselassie to set London Marathon pace

OLYMPIC and World champion Haile Gebrselassie will be Mo Farah’s pace maker when he makes his marathon debut in London. Gebreselassie, regarded as the greatest distance runner of all time, has accepted the job of leading the Virgin Money London Marathon field to a fast time. Farah is currently at high altitude training in Kenya preparing for his eagerly-awaited first full marathon on April 13. Gebreselassie has been asked to set a world record pace for 30k before dropping out. The stellar field also now includes 18-year-old Tsegaye Mekonnen, from Gebreselassie’s home country of Ethiopia, who ran a sensational 2:04 in his debut marathon in Dubai a few weeks ago. Current world record holder Wilson Kipsang, reigning London champion Tsegaye Kebede and World and Olympic title holder Stephen Kiprotich are all competing against Farah. “It is a big responsibility for me,” said Gebreselassie who made his London debut 12 years ago and finished third. Gebreselassie has only ever made the pace once before, in Ethiopia, and he said: “If I do this right maybe there will be a new men’s world record. I am excited about it. “I wont be making it easy for Mo Farah. It’s around the 30k mark that the marathon starts to hurt, the pain comes everywhere, even in your little finger.” source express.co.uk