Runner’s World UK – April 2023
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Welcome at Runner’s World UK Magazine April 2023 Issue
LEGEND IS A LABEL that’s given out far too easily these days, but in the case of Haile Gebrselassie, it’s more than justified. The Ethiopian is one of the greatest runners in history, with victories and world records in almost every middle- and long-distance event. His terrific duel with Paul Tergat in the 10,000m at Sydney 2000 remains one of the great Olympic races.
He later became the first runner to break the 2:04 marathon barrier in Berlin in 2008 – a huge landmark before the advent of carbon shoes. With his athletic career now behind him, Haile is still an ambassador for the sport, and his Great Ethiopian Run has done much to promote sporting participation in his home country. He reflects on his illustrious career and tells us what he really thinks about super shoes on page 46.
Elsewhere, on page 60, we pay tribute to another champion – but a less feted one. The American Johnny Hayes won the first modern Olympic marathon (and the first to be run over 26.2 miles) in London in 1908. But he did so after the race’s original ‘winner’, Dorando Pietri, was disqualified for receiving help as he collapsed during the final stages. Pietri’s drama is now generally better remembered than Hayes’ victory, but you sense it probably wouldn’t have bothered a man who was both incredibly gifted and yet humble – much like Haile.