World record holder Gebrselassie pulls out of Tokyo Marathon

20:57, February 24, 2011      

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World marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia has pulled out of this weekend's Tokyo Marathon, organizers announced on Thursday.

Gebrselassie, 37, fell during training in his native Ethiopia, bruising both knees. The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 10,000m told the Tokyo Marathon Foundation on Wednesday evening that he was withdrawing from Sunday's race.

Gebrselassie, who was the most notable athlete in the fifth Tokyo Marathon, owns the world's fastest time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 59 seconds which he clocked in the 2008 Berlin Marathon.

Source: Xinhua
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