Butcher also discusses the "advancing years" of the Berlin trio which are probably even more advanced than they are on paper.
Geb also talks about the possibility of the 2-hour marathon and proclaims that he thinks Ethiopia has untapped talent in the long jump.
Haile Gebrselassie says the athlete will face a minimum of 3-years. Geb also talks about the Russian ban and argues for their return to the sport.
Haile Gebrselassie says if he was on the committee Bekele would be his "first choice".
About 100 athletes met to discuss the poor management which among other things, didn't select Kenenisa Bekele for Ethiopia's marathon team.
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Meb says the runner who has been most inspirational to him is Haile Gebrselassie.
“The government has made it so that it’s a criminal offence, so this is not just about a possible four-year ban for athletes, but possibly prison. Also, this will be seen like stealing from the Ethiopian people – and that’s huge. The reaction from the people will be worse than any ban or prison punishment.”
Ethiopian coaches look to a few talented youngsters like Hagos Gebrhiwet (bronze at Worlds) Yomif Kejelcha (12:53 world lead), but lament the lack of good 10,000 races and the trend of moving to the roads at younger ages.
Bekele: “At this time I can't see anyone, nobody. It is difficult. Maybe in the future we can expect another in the next generation but I what I see now, I can't see anyone running like me or like Haile. I can't see that."
This is a stacked field as it also includes Bernard Koech (2:04:53), Getu Feleke (2:05:41) and former World 10,000 bronze medalist Martin Mathathi. Plus Yuki Kawauchi.
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Geb says running is still so "addictive" that he still has to run twice a day and talks about Mo Farah and who the GOAT is ... hint: he doesn't choose Farah or himself.
“I’m retiring from competitive running, but not from running. You cannot stop running. This is my life. ... I’m telling you, running is addictive! I do my morning session and in the afternoon, I have to go in the gym. I don’t know why. I do enough in the morning but in the afternoon, my body tells me to go there again and sweat again. I ask some other people [who have retired] and they tell me, ‘we don’t get it, we don’t run’ but for me it’s different."
On the GOAT: “For me, compared to Abebe Bikila, I’m nobody. He did what we cannot do, [winning an Olympic marathon] barefoot.”
Here, Haile said it would "be the last one here in Ethiopia". So maybe he plans to run his official last race somewhere else.
"Especially here in Ethiopia, this one is going to be the last one. I am a little bit, you know, sad. What can I do? It is over 28 years of running. This will be the last one here in Ethiopia."
This was also billed Haile Gebrselassie's "farewell race" and he hoped in and ran after first firing the gun. He didn't run with the elites so just ran an easy 33-minutes, "zig zagging" through the masses.
Geb was supposed to run his last competitive race at the Great Scottish Run in September, but had to miss it to be with his family.
Kipchoge says his greatest rival has been Kenenisa Bekele, but the "best athlete he's ever seen" is Haile Gebrselassie.
Geb finished with an impressive 45.6% of the vote with Emil Zatopek second (20.3%), Kenenisa Bekele third (15.2%) and Mo Farah fourth (8.6%). Slightly surprising that Farah was so far down seeing as this is coming from a UK website. However, most of the LRC staff would agree.
“I think rich sportsmen and women should think of investing their money in their countries by setting up viable businesses which can provide employment. That does not only help people who need jobs, but also a way of giving back to the country that gave you an identity and supported you to be where you are.”
Geb plays some of his favorite music and interviews former Olympic champ Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Gebrselassie's sister is sick so he won't be running in what was mean to be his final competitive race.
(includes videos) Obviously there was Jenny Simpson losing a shoe at Worlds, but more amusing than that was the exchange between Haile Gebrselassie and Moses Tanui in the 1993 World Championship 10,000.
All you have to do is submit your question for Haile and if it's picked, you start with Gebrselassie.