Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie fears Beijing pollution

Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia is still considering whether he will run the marathon in Beijing amid fears that the pollution will damage his health. He will still run some of the shorter events even if he does not do the marathon.

“I’m going to run either the marathon or the 10,000 metres,” Gebrselassie, who suffers from respiratory problems, told Reuters on Monday. “I do want to come here to compete in the Beijing Olympics. It depends on just the temperature and the pollution, especially the pollution.

“In a marathon, we run for more than two hours. I don’t want to discourage other athletes but I’ve got to think about myself because I have a health problem. “I’m thinking about here in Beijing, whether it will be ok or not … (I’ll decide) in two month’s time.”

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Posted by Mike 11 years ago

filed under: Environment, Ethiopia, Men's Marathon

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