My Favorite Quotes
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 Haile Gebrselassie - “Considering that the race is star-studded no runner will be willing to set the pace for the others. This is why a record will be almost impossible.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “This hand is not very active always, because it was in this hand that I carried my books. My carrying hand was always my strongest. Now I think my other hand has developed more muscles from signing all those autographs.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I think if you come first with a new world record, that is the best.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I have to change a lot of things before I become a good marathon runner.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “My father thought sport was something fun - he didn't know it was a way to make money. Then I won a Mercedes at the world championships and I gave it to him. From the moment it arrived my father said 'Good, you can support not just yourself but me too'.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “Oh yes, yes they did, but it came from a long time ago, it was not possible for me to change it. Me and the style, we have grown together.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I needed Paul in the race, not only because he is my competitor but because he is my friend. When I see him run, I can learn a lot from him. When he ran the world record, I learnt from how he ran and how he prepared for it. I need him to get experience.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “When you talk about world record times, you have to understand that everything must be perfect the weather, the course, the temperature. It is not always enough to be in good shape.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I love the music. It gives you energy.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I haven't done a marathon for a long time. So we'll see. I will need good luck.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “What can you do if a part of it is uphill You can't work out another route. You've just got to run the one they give you. But they tell me London is a nice course. Even the cobbles, I hope, are not very much of a problem for me.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “This is what I wanted. They tell me that London is the best field in history. I wanted to be part of that. Because everyone will be there it will be a wonderful challenge for me. You can see the best runners, how they look, how they run. For me to beat the best is what counts.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I can learn a lot from Paul. I need him to get his opinions. There are other good runners the Olympic and world champion and the London Marathon winner but with Paul there, it's good for us.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “When we race in London a world record will be the last thing on our minds.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “When we parade in London next month, a world record will be the last thing on our minds, more so given the strong field that will be running.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I am still chasing the world record but London will certainly not be the place.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “That was our plan. We didn't expect the first part of the race to be fast. Our plan was for the second part. My plan was to run under 59 minutes and that is what we did.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “I keep on going because of the passion of the track. It is addictive. Its not for money because I have enough and I am making even more with my investments and businesses. Its simply the thrill of racing.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “You know, I want to help my country. Definitely I can help them, simply by winning races. Sure, they can follow my path to a good career. But for me it is not enough. I want to be more than that. In everything I want to be a role model.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “Since I achieved something, running has exploded in my country. For me sometimes it is difficult even to know who the athletes are who are competing at the highest level. There are thousands.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “Eradicate poverty. This is all that matters in my country. When I am out training I think about this a lot when I am running it is going over in my mind. As a country we cannot move forward until we eradicate poverty.”
 Haile Gebrselassie - “If it happens, wonderful. If not, what can I do. This is not my first competition. It's not my last competition. I will try for it next time. We'll see.”

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