Gebrselassie breaks record

Gebrselassie breaks world half marathon record
By Eurosport

16/01/2006 at 00:32Updated

Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie broke the world half marathon record by 21 seconds when he clocked 58 minutes, 55 seconds in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday. "This is so fantastic," Gebrselassie said in a statement provided by organisers. "This is my first record

The records were the 19th and 20th world marks for the four-time world 10,000m champion who excelled on the track before turning to road racing.

Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru set the previous half-marathon record of 59:16 in Rotterdam on Sept. 11 last year.

Kenya's Paul Tergat held the previous 20km record of 56:18 set in Milan, Italy, on April 4, 1998.

Gebrselassie said the records indicated he would be prepared for a fast race in the London Marathon on April 23.

"You can see from today, the record, I'll be ready in London," he said. "London is going to be something different. I'm okay just to win (the race). To win in London is something special."