• Gebraselassie Ready for Sub 2:06

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Legendary Ethiopian runner Haile Gebraselassie, who will celebrate his 40th birthday next year on April 18, is going to run at the 66th Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday this weekend.

Gebraselassie, a husband and father of four children, and a business man, expects to run at top level in Fukuoka: "I dont know exactly how fast I can run [in Fukuoka] but I can run a good time," He told heraldscotland.com news. "I dont know, between 2:05 and 2:06, it depends. I mean, their course is so nice and it depends on the weather. For the moment I am in good shape and what is important is my health is very good. The only problem is that I have office work now. I cannot take rest after morning training sessions any more. My training is going well, though, and according to the programme."

Four years ago, a two time Olympic champion and four time World champion in 10,000m race, Gebrselassie broke the world marathon record (2:03:59). This year on Febuary 26 in Tokyo marathon, Gebraselassie clocked a very solid 2:08:17 to take 4th, just 27 seconds behind the winner Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda.

The 66th Kukuoka Interantional Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, December 2. To watch the event online visit the LINK HERE.

Elite athletes participating in Fukuoka marathon.

International Athletes:


 Haile GEBRSELASSIE (ETH) 2:03:59
 Martin LEL (KEN) 2:05:15
 Dmytro BARANOVSKYY (UKR) 2:07:15
 Isaac MACHARIA (KEN) 2:07:16
 Henryk SZOST (POL) 2:07:39
James MWANGI (KEN) 2:08:38
 Cyrus NJUI (KEN) 2:09:10
Harun NJOROGE (KEN) 2:09:38
 Scott OVERALL (GBR) 2:10:55
 Frank DE ALMEIDA (BRA) 2:12:03
 Cutbert NYASANGO (ZIM) 2:12:08
 Ryan VAIL (USA) 2:12:43
 Tim NELSON (USA) 2:15:06
 Simon BAIRU (CAN) 2:19:52
 Brent VAUGHN (USA) 1:02:04 Half Marathon
 Mohamed TRAFEH (USA) 1:00:39 Half Marathon
 Reid COOLSAET (CAN) 2:10:55
 Ryan BAK (USA) 2:15:12
 Seung-Ho BAK (KOR) 2:15:20
 Jesse CHERRY (USA) 2:16:31
 Andrew LEMONCELLO (GBR) 2:13:40
 Martin MATHATHI (KEN) 59:48 Half Marathon
 Joseph GITAU (KEN) 1:02:00 Half Marathon

Japanese Athletes:

 Arata FUJIWARA (JPN) 2:07:48
 Yuki KAWAUCHI (JPN) 2:08:37
 Yoshinori ODA (JPN) 2:09:03
 Hiroyuki HORIBATA (JPN) 2:09:25
 Bunta KUROKI (JPN) 2:12:10
 Kota NOGUCHI (JPN) 2:12:28
 Satoshi IRIFUNE (JPN) 2:12:34
 Chiharu TAKADA (JPN) 2:12:44
 Tomoya SHIMIZU (JPN) 2:13:35
 Yasuyuki YAMAMOTO (JPN) 2:14:21
 Takeshi MAKABE (JPN) 2:14:34
 Tomoyuki KAWAKAMI (JPN) 2:15:53
 Takuro NAKANISHI (JPN) 2:16:19
 Yusei NAKAO (JPN) 2:16:30
 Takeshi HAMANO (JPN) 2:16:49
 Akiyuki IWANAGA (JPN) 2:17:13
 Kenji SAKATA (JPN) 2:18:19
 Mahoro IKEDA (JPN) 1:03:56 Half Marathon
 
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