Haile Gebrselassie’s most memorable races
This week’s Throwback Thursday is two of the best track races ever run. In a Q&A with Athletics Weekly, the great Haile Gebrselassie was asked, of all his achievements what was his favorite memory? He responded with two memories.
The first, his 1995 5k World Record in Zurich.
“I was flying that day. It was an amazing feeling. I broke the record by 11 seconds, with a last kilometre in 2:30 minutes.”
Check out the video of the race.
His second greatest memory? The 2000 Sydney Olympics 10k.
“My most thrilling race was my gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney. I was injured at that time and I had almost cancelled the Olympics. But I did the impossible there to win, in a heroic race with Paul Tergat. My winning margin of nine hundredths of a second was less than the 12 hundredths of a second in which Maurice Greene won from Ato Boldon in the 100m in.”
Personally, it’s one of my all-time favorite races to watch. I find myself watching it at least once a month.