Sunday, May 15, 2011

Gebreselassie eyes London 2012 after win

Marathon world record holder Haile Gebreselassie set his sights firmly on the London 2012 Olympics after retaining his Great Manchester Run title.

Gebreselassie, a two-times Olympic 10,000m champion, was forced to put up a strong performance in the windy conditions to hold off the spirited challenge from Britain's European 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson to win in 28:10s.

Thompson took second, only 11 seconds behind in a run described by the winner as amazing,

Meanwhile, home favourite Helen Clitheroe took the women's race in 31:45, smashing her 10k personal best by thirty seconds in the process.