Haile Gebrselassie on sub-2-hour marathon: ‘Maybe in 10 years’

Haile Gebreselassie

The first man to run a sub-2:04 marathon believes the first sub-two-hour marathon is coming “sooner than we expect.”

Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, who broke the world record at the 2007 and 2008 Berlin Marathons, continues to become more confident that a man will run a marathon under two hours in his lifetime.

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto won the Berlin Marathon in 2:02:57 on Sept. 28, fueling more talk of if, but even moreso, when the barrier will be broken.

“What will it take to run a 2-hour marathon?” Gebrselassie told the Times of India. “I think we can reach a 2-hour marathon sooner than we expect. Maybe in 10 years.”

In February, Gebrselassie told Athletics Weekly, “According to my calculation, very soon in 20 years or 18 years, an athlete will run in under two hours.”

In 2011, Gebrselassie told the BBC, “The first sub two-hour marathon will need 20 to 25 years, but it will definitely happen.”

Gebrselassie, 41, won the 1996 and 2000 Olympic 10,000m, finished fifth in 2004 and sixth in 2008.

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