Haile Gebrselassie has surprised the athletics world, by announcing his return to the sport, less than a month after retiring from competitive action.
The Ethiopian legend tearfully announced his retirement, after pulling out of the New York Marathon with ten miles to go, earlier this month.
The double Olympic gold-medallist, regarded by many as the greatest long-distance runner of all time, hinted via his Twitter account last week he may have been too hasty and needed time to consider his future.
Today he confirmed through the same network that he had had a change of heart and was set to carry on. He wrote on Twitter:
“First I want to thank you for all your support and great responses. After a few days in the countryside I could take some decisions.
“Running is in my blood and I decided to continue competing. My announcement in New York was my first reaction after a disappointing race.
“When my knee is better again I will start focusing on my next race. Thank you again for all your support.”
Gebrselassie’s coach Woldemeskel Kostre believes the 37-year-old can compete at the top level for at least another eight years:
“As long as he has the desire and the willingness he can keep running until he’s 45. People here have been urging him to continue running.”