The Greatest Long Distance Runner in Singapore

Haile Gerbreselassie

Pic: Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

SINGAPORE, 6 DECEMBER 2014 – Widely regarded as one of the greatest long-distance runners in history, Haile Gebrselassie has arrived in Singapore for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) this Sunday. The SCMS will mark Gebrselassie’s debut in South-east Asia. He will be taking part in the event’s 10km category, a distance in which the Ethiopian famously won two Olympic gold medals and four World Championship titles.

Gearing up for his first race in Singapore, Gebrselassie commented at the official pre-race press conference, “I’m looking forward to running on Sunday, it’s amazing to have more than 53,000 people running together, it’s like the whole city is running. I’m keeping an open mind for the timing for this Sunday’s race, the weather is new to me, and I’m here to enjoy the run!”

Joining him at the press conference were elite runners from across the world; Kenneth Mungara (Kenya), Nicholas Kemboi (Qatar), Jairus Chanchima Ondora (Kenya) and Ayelu Lemma (Ethiopia), who will be competing in the Marathon. This will not be first time some of these runners are in Singapore for SCMS, with Kenneth Mungara winning the Marathon in 2010.

Singapore’s local course record holder Mok Ying Ren was also part of today’s press conference and will be looking to break his own record as he pushes for his Olympic dreams. “I’m humbled and honoured to be amongst some of the best international marathoners here, especially with the great emperor Haile Gebrselassie,” said Mok.

“We are very glad to welcome Haile Gebrselassie and the other elite athletes to Singapore. I’m sure it will be an exciting morning and we can’t wait to witness the legendary Gebrselassie run alongside our local runners. More
than 53,000 runners will be participating this coming Sunday and we are looking forward to see all of them at the start line.” said Chris Robb, Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Worldwide.

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