Victah Sailer of PhotoRun shot these pictures for us before the real,-Berlin marathon of the little Emperor, Haile Gebreselassie….
Haile Gebrselassie, showing off his number for all to see. He has predicted a world record this year, as he did last year. This would be world record number 26, tying him with the venerable Paavo Nurmi, the original Flying Finn.
Haile in front of the media, where he discussed his fitness, his plan for the next day and his belief that the record for the men’s marathon can still drop!
The iconic Gebrselassie next to one of the world’s most iconic signs, the peace-eco symbol. One wonders if Haile, so popular worldwide and so popular in his homeland of Ethiopia, will ever run for public office? Many think after his retirement, which he has now said may not happen until 2016, we could see Haile run for politcal office, if it is his desire!
Special thanks to Victor Sailer for photos and Pat Butcher for comments….