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Haile Gebrselassie Targets Hat Trick in Vienna
Haile Gebrselassie goes for a Vienna hat trick. One of the greatest
athletes of all times will come back to the Austrian capital and compete in
the half marathon, which will be staged parallel to the Vienna City
Marathon on 14th April. The 39 year-old Ethiopian has won the OMV Champions
Race in the past two years and now intends to add a third win plus possibly
attack his own course record.
The marathon and the half marathon, which are the two main events, have
already reached the respective entry limits but organisers are looking to
expand the capacity to make some more places available. Adding other races
organisers expect a record total of more than 36,000 runners to compete on
14th April. The Vienna City Marathon, which will see its 30th edition, is
an IAAF Gold Label Race.
"We could not have hoped for a better ambassador for our jubilee race than
Haile Gebrselassie. He loves Vienna's spectators – and I believe the same
applies the other way round. Haile Gebrselassie still is the most thrilling
personality in running worldwide. We are very proud that he again chose to
run in Vienna," said Race Director Wolfgang Konrad. There are only very few
road races in the world, where Haile Gebrselassie has competed three times
in a row. Besides Vienna the marathons of Berlin and Dubai plus the
Manchester 10 k race are among them.
The two-time Olympic 10,000 m champion had come to Vienna for the first
time in 2011. He then established the present half marathon course record
of 60:18. A year ago Haile Gebrselassie competed again in the OMV Half
Marathon. This time he ran a chase race against Britain's world marathon
record holder Paula Radcliffe, who had been given a head-start of several
minutes. Since Radcliffe had not been fully fit she was overtaken by
Gebrselassie relatively early. The Ethiopian clocked 60:52 minutes at his
second victory in Vienna. Other competitors for this year's race will be
announced at a later stage.