Haile Gebrselassie to run in Birmingham half-marathon

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Addis Ababa, October 13, 2011 (WIC) - Organizers say Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie will run the half-marathon in the inaugural Great Birmingham Run this month.

It will be the 38-year-old Gebrselassie's first race since his world record in the marathon was shattered by Patrick Makau of Kenya in Berlin on Sept. 25.

Organizing chairman Brendan Foster says "to bring the greatest runner of all time ... for the first staging of the Great Birmingham Run will be fantastic."

Gebrselassie, the two-time Olympic champion at 10,000 meters, failed to finish the Berlin Marathon, where Makau shaved 21 seconds off the record. (AP)