Other elite runners at Haile Gebrselassie running clinics were Paul Tergat and Robert “Mwafrika” Cheruiyot. While Paul and Haile monopolised attention, Robert remained in the background. I even didn’t know he was around until someone called him out.
Robert has been one of my favourite athletes, he has won 4 boston marathon and one Chicago marathon and he was my bet to win the gold at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Why he dropped out of Beijing games
With the media focused on Haile and Paul I had him to myself. My first question was what happened at Beijing. He told me it was a case of overtraining. He really wanted to win the gold at Beijing and so he had pushed himself hard only to suffer a thigh injury close to the games that refused to heal on time.
About that famous fall at 2006 chicago marathon.
It was all bad luck! This was refreshing in an age when people are suing for even minor things.
Attacking the Haile Gebrselassie marathon record
He wants to break Haile Gebreselassie marathon record, hopefully at the world championship in August at Berlin, Germany.
If he breaks it in Berlin it will interesting to see what Samuel Wanjiru and Martin Lel will do at London marathon in September because that is the date they have set to crack Gebrselassie record and bring it back to Kenya.
As we were taking the above photo he pointed to the green grounds inside Nyayo National Stadium and noted that when he started running that ground was all dust.
8 years after he started running he has won 4 boston marathons and made lots of cash from running: Not bad for a man who started out as a barber.