It took just two short sentences for the world's fastest marathon runner, Haile Gebrselassie, to announce his retirement today after pulling out of the New York City Marathon at mile 16 due to tendinitis in his knee.
"I never think about to retire. But for the first time, this is the day," Gebrselassie said at a brief news conference afterward. "Let me stop and do other work after this."
Haile Gebrselassie ran the 26. 2 miles of the marathon distance in Berlin in 2008 in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 59 seconds....making his the fastest marathon runner of all time.
But today the living legend shocked the running world by saying, "I don't want to complain anymore after this, which means it's better to stop here."
According to WQAD.com:
"Gebrselassie runs two schools and several businesses in Ethiopia, including a car dealership, a movie theater and a newly opened hotel. He spoke passionately Friday about improving lives in his country, about the responsibility that comes with employing others. He's thought about entering politics — he just needs to figure out how he can best help the most people.
In the days leading up to his NYC Marathon debut, Gebrselassie insisted his training was going well. But in a TV interview minutes before Sunday's race, he revealed his knee was bothering him. He had an MRI on Saturday that showed fluid and tendinitis in the joint."