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Haile Gebrselassie retires from competitive running

Haile Gebrselassie

Ethiopian distance star Haile Gebrselassie waves to the crowd during the 2014 Beirut Marathon on November 9, 2014 in the Lebanese capital. AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, a two-time Olympic 10,000m champion and former marathon world-record holder, retired from competitive running after the Great Manchester Run in Great Britain on Sunday.

Gebrselassie, 42, finished 16th in the 10,000m race in Manchester.

He previously briefly retired on Nov. 7, 2010, after dropping out of the New York City Marathon with a knee injury. Gebrselassie did not make the 2012 Ethiopian Olympic team but participated in the London Olympic Opening Ceremony as one of the Olympic Flag carriers, along with Muhammad Ali, among others.

Gebrselassie won arguably the greatest distance race in Olympic history in Sydney 2000, edging Kenyan Paul Tergat in the 10,000m by .09.

He also broke the marathon world record in Berlin in 2007 and 2008, holding the mark until 2011.

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