"For me running is like my daily nutrition. You could say I have breakfast, running, lunch, running, dinner," explained Haile Gebrselassie. The Ethiopian superstar, who turns 38 today, is back in normal life and proved this at the Vienna City Marathon. A good five months after he had originally announced his retirement but then decided to continue running he won the half marathon staged parallel to marathon with 60:18 minutes.
"I am now confident that I can run a good marathon in autumn. My time in Vienna is okay. It is not so easy to break one hour if you are running alone and without pacemakers," said the world marathon record holder (2:03:59), who confirmed that the London Olympic marathon in 2012 remains his major goal. Talking about what happened in New York in November 2010, when he dropped out of the marathon and then announced the end of his career he described the situation as "a big disaster for me". "When I came back to Ethiopia after it people said, what is the matter? You can not end your career like this. You have to finish on a high."