Gebrselassie leaves it till late

MANCHESTER - Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie won his third Great Manchester Run here yesterday with an electrifying final burst at the finish.

MANCHESTER - Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie won his third Great Manchester Run here yesterday with an electrifying final burst at the finish.

The 37-year-old two-time Olympic and quadruple world title winner timed 28min:2sec over the 10km course, finishing just over a minute behind the world record.

Spaniard Ayad Lamdessem pushed hard until the last stretch to finish second and Ukrainian veteran and eight-time European cross-country champion Sergiy Lebid was third.

Gebrselassie, who had been hoping to beat the record of 27:01 set by Kenyan Micah Kogo last year, had looked to be in trouble when Lebid blazed a trail early on, but he faded towards the business end of the contest.

"It was tough," Gebrselassie told the BBC.

"When I warmed up, it was cold. I didn't feel good and it was very tough and windy. But the atmosphere was fantastic."

Gebrselassie's compatriot Werknesh Kidane won the women's race. - Sapa-AFP

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