Look for an official announcement Wednesday that
The 37-year-old Ethiopian legend has run two half marathons in the Big Apple, most recently this spring, and has built an affinity for both the city and the New York Road Runners organization that stages the race. He hinted during a visit to New York last month that he might like to run the New York Marathon before his career ends, calling it "the top event" among international marathons.
Gebrselassie has won nine marathons, setting the world best for the distance two times. He ran two hours, four minutes, 26 seconds in 2007 and set the existing mark of 2:03:59 in 2008. He has set world records, since broken, for both 5,000 and 10,000 meters. He won the 10,000 meters at the Olympics in 1996 and 2000 and also won that event four times at the world outdoor championships before switching to the marathon distance. His world indoor championships include three titles at 3,000 meters and another at 1,500.
The commitment from Gebrselassie would be a huge coup for NYRR President
Wittenberg also successfully snagged Britain's
• One of the oldest U.S. track and field records fell over the weekend, as high jumper
Lowe, who made three Olympic teams, won a silver medal at the 2005 world championships in Helsinki, becoming the first U.S. woman to earn a world medal in the event in more than 20 years. She had a child in 2007 and finished sixth at the Beijing Olympics the following year, clearing 6'6".
• It's been a banner season to date for
The heavily tattooed LSU-Shreveport student also produces videos and performs in stand-up comedy, which require considerably less heavy lifting.
• Fast-rising U.S. judoka
Harrison has already enjoyed great domestic success, having been nationally ranked in seven weight divisions during her progression. The junior world champ in 2008 also won the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008, but could not compete in Beijing because the country failed to qualify a spot in her weight category. She is among a group of judo athletes training with former world champ