Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie set a new world record at the Berlin marathon today, beating the previous record of close friend Paul Tergat by 29 seconds. Tergat called to congratulate his rival 10 minutes after he crossed the finish line. The champion’s response? “Sorry, Paul, try next year” reports the New Y ork Times.
He added that the weather was warmer and less windy than when Tergat ran in 2003. The 34-year-old says that of his 23 world records, this 26.2 mile race is the most satisfying, the “king of distance.” Gebrselassie also says he looks forward to competing in the Olympics next year, where he has previously won two gold medals.