Gebrselassie to compete in Great South Run

Haile Gebrselassie
Haile Gebrselassie
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Champion Piotr Meller with duathlon organiser Rob Piggot.  Picture: Neil Marshall (170306-18)

Defending champion ready for Portsmouth Duathlon mission

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Former Olympic and world champion Haile Gebrselassie has been signed up to compete at next month’s Bupa Great South Run.

The 41-year-old, who won gold at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics over 10,000m, will make his debut in the world’s leading 10-mile race on Sunday, October 26.

The event, held around the streets of Southsea, has attracted many of the world’s greatest long-distance runners over the years, including Paula Radcliffe, Liz McColgan and Jo Pavey.

Now the highly-decorated Ethiopian is to join that illustrious list, with another world-class entry field, that will included Andy Vernon, guaranteed for this year’s race.

The four-time world champion said he’s very much looking forward to the experience.

‘I love competing in the Bupa Great Run series,’ said Gebrselassie.

‘I have run in the Great Run races in Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Australia and Ethiopia and I have won them all, too.

‘It will be great to add the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth to the list.

‘It will be a new experience for me at the age of 41.’