Expectations had been set high for Gebrselassie this week. Along with the world record, a ton of money was on the line. Fueling the fire was Gebrselassie himself. In a time when most people give the "If I have a good day, there is a chance I could break the record" answer, he replied with a "I should break this" type. There's nothing wrong with confidence, but as we all know in running, you can't have your best day each and every day.
Amazing to me is the fact a man runs a 2:04 marathon and there is a feeling of disappointment in the air. Here is the official report of the race :
Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie won the Dubai Marathon on Friday and prize money of 250,000 dollars, although he failed to beat the world record time of 2:04:26 he ran in Berlin in September.
His failure by 27 seconds to better that record meant Gebreselassie, a former double Olympic 10,000m gold medalist, missed out on a bonus of one million dollars.
Kenyan duo Isaac Macharia and Sammi Korir netted 100,000 and 50,000 dollars respectively after finishing in second and third positions behind Gebrelassie on the flat course around the streets of Dubai.
There was an Ethiopian clean sweep of the podium in the women's race, with Birhane Adere finishing first in 2:22:42 to also scoop the winner's pot of 250,000 dollars.
Adere, a two-time Chicago Marathon winner who has one world gold and two silvers over 10,000m, also missed out on the women's world record currently held by Britain's Paula Radcliffe.