Thursday, March 17, 2011

Born to run: Haile Gebrselassie interview

By Jim White

On a plateau high above the city of Addis Ababa, at the top of Mount Entoto, the reason Ethiopia has long dominated distance running is writ large. It is here that champions are made.
All you can see, along the hardened mud paths that criss-cross wide, open grassland, is people running. In Addis, everybody runs everywhere: women sprint to the communal well to collect water, schoolchildren skip to school, men trot by on their daily search for work.
The best of them, the athletes destined for the world"s tracks, come up to Entoto every morning before daybreak. Dozens of them hurtle past at high speed.