Ethiopian distance running legend
Gebrselassie sat down for an interview over the weekend. The text follows ...
Before I ran the marathon, only three runners ran 2:06. Since I start, many run 2:06, 2:07. Many of the Ethiopians are competing with Kenyans now. Kenyans were the standard. Now we are coming. Many Ethiopians see what I did with 2:05, 2:04 [his world best is 2:03:59] and they copy. The next two or three years, you will see more Ethiopian marathoners. We have 50 good people at least.
In Sydney, Paul should have used the same tactic he used in Atlanta. You remember in Atlanta, he moved with five laps to go. But he was waiting for me in Sydney. He had done a lot of speedwork. You have to find an athlete's weakness. My weakness used to endurance, but he didn't take advantage of that.
Sometimes my son falls and my wife is quick to pick him up. Let him fall down and stand by himself. It is good for his confidence. A boy must pick himself up, so he picks himself up as a man.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm trying to encourage people to do for themselves. Other people will not always be there for you, but you will always be there for yourself. It is in the Bible where it says do unto others. I also say don't do unto others what you wouldn't want done to yourself. I don't people's generosity to make me lazy.