Haile Gebrselassie

You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that.Haile Gebrselassie

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When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.Haile Gebrselassie

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I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia.Haile Gebrselassie

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My father didn't think running was sensible. He told me running is just wasting time.Haile Gebrselassie

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He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.Haile Gebrselassie

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I haven't done a marathon for a long time. So we'll see. I will need good luck.Haile Gebrselassie

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The marathon always starts after 30K. That's where the problems start. You start without any problems, without any pain. All the pain comes after 30K. Sometimes, it's possible to have pain even in the finger.Haile Gebrselassie

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If your body is damaged, wounded, it can be fixed, but if inside, mentally, you are wounded you cannot fix it, it's hard.Haile Gebrselassie

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If you're planning only to make money and nothing else, you'll be broke.Haile Gebrselassie

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First, do enough training. Then believe in yourself and say: I can do it. Tomorrow is my day. And then say: the person in front of me, he is just a human being as well; he has two legs, I have two legs, that is all. That is mentally how you prepare.Haile Gebrselassie

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In the marathon a crazy athlete can just keep pushing from the beginning, at a championship you don't need a time just to win the race.Haile Gebrselassie

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Many people know that Ethiopia is poor. When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can't make planes or cars, we don't have the materials. We do what we can.Haile Gebrselassie

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When I had no shoes I was comfortable - I used to run barefoot. When I wore shoes it was difficult. To run in shoes was ok, but at the beginning of my career it was hard.Haile Gebrselassie

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Age for me is just a number.Haile Gebrselassie

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Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.Haile Gebrselassie

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Life is a kind of struggle. Life is a sort of fight.Haile Gebrselassie

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I have to change a lot of things before I become a good marathon runner.Haile Gebrselassie

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In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we'd have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge.Haile Gebrselassie

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You must do as your people do. If my people are poor, I must be poor. People ask me, 'Why don't you find a personal coach or a private car?' I can't. Then I won't be part of my people.Haile Gebrselassie

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I'm lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife.Haile Gebrselassie

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I wanted to experience New York, to look up and see buildings.Haile Gebrselassie

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For me a day without training is like a day without eating.Haile Gebrselassie

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I always tell young athletes the same thing, 'Wherever you go, whatever you do, what must your top priority be? Running.'Haile Gebrselassie

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In my life I do a lot of things but I never forget my training.Haile Gebrselassie

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I'm never satisfied.Haile Gebrselassie

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The more you are getting older, you lose a little something. Of course there is another advantage, because of your long experience you can use it.Haile Gebrselassie

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I think if you come first with a new world record, that is the best.Haile Gebrselassie

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What can you do if a part of it is uphill? You can't work out another route. You've just got to run the one they give you. But they tell me London is a nice course. Even the cobbles, I hope, are not very much of a problem for me.Haile Gebrselassie

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I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really.Haile Gebrselassie

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I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn't feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first.Haile Gebrselassie

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