Gebrselassie fails in 10,000 meters bid

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Gebrselassie fails in 10,000 meters bid

HENGELO, Netherlands - Former 10,000-meters (6.2-miles) world record holder Haile Gebrselassie failed to qualify for the London Olympics after finishing seventh at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games on Sunday.

The 39-year-old, who won gold in the 10,000 meters in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, trailed home in a time of 27 minutes, 20.39 seconds, nearly nine seconds behind winner Tariku Bekele in a race staged as an official Ethiopian Olympic trial.

“I was wondering if I can run, you know, just the top three, but it did not work,” Gebreselassie said.
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