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|Gebreselassie 'Makes Marathon Record Possible'|
- Organisers hoping for quick times in Sunday spectacular
HAILE GEBRSELASSIE is the star name in this year’s London Marathon, which takes place this Sunday and organisers hope the presence of the legendary Ethiopian will inspire a new world record.
"There are a couple of ingredients that mean a record is possible," said the race’s organiser, David Bedford.
"The first is that we have the world record holder in the field, Paul Tergat. And the second is Haile Gebrselassie. When he last ran London in 2002, the world record was broken by Khalid Khannouchi.
"The view of the top marathon runners is that if Gebrselassie is in the field it will need to be pretty quick, because you don't want him on your shoulder with 100m to go."
One man who has already led the multiple world record holder across London is Andrew Greenwood, who works for Heathrow Express and who had the honour of shepherding Gebrselassie from Heathrow Airport to Paddington station earlier this week.
"With Haile we wanted to make him feel welcome by having Andrew, our very own marathon entrant, escort him from the airport and into London via Heathrow Express," said a spokesperson for Heathrow Express.
Greenwoood is an example of the thousands of ordinary runners who, along with the stars out in front, have made the London marathon such a colourful annual spectacle.
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