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Gebrselassie 10k dream on course

Ethiopian running star Haile Gebrselassie won the Great Manchester Run on Sunday in the fastest 10 kilometres time of the year.

other Updated: Jun 27, 2012 13:31 IST

Ethiopian running star Haile Gebrselassie won the Great Manchester Run on Sunday in the fastest 10 kilometres time of the year.

The 39-year-old clocked 27min 39sec to claim his fifth victory on the streets of Manchester and then turned his attention to booking his place at his fifth Olympic Games.

The Ethiopian missed out on a place in the marathon at London 2012, but has his sights on competing at this summer's London Olympics over 10,000m.

Gebrselassie, double Olympic and four-time world 10,000m champion, will run over the distance in Hengelo, the Netherlands, next Sunday in a race which will double as the Ethiopian Olympic trials, with the top three set to be selected for the team.

"I am so happy today, everything was perfect," he said. "I am not surprised to run that fast. I wanted to run under 27 minutes. According to my training this year, I feel I can run faster on the track. I want to go under 27 minutes."

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