Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest long distance runners in history, has announced his retirement. The 42 year-old said in his announcement, “I am retiring from competitive running, not running. You cannot stop running, this is my life.” 5 years ago he announced plans to retire after an injury, but was back competing only months later.
Gebrselassie won two Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship victories, as well as set twenty-seven different records during his glittering career. He remains the world record holder in the 20,000m. His breakthrough came in 1993 when he won the world championship 10,000m, the first of four consecutive, at only 20 years old.