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Gebreselassie likely to miss Beijing marathon

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  • Haile Gebreselassie is likely to miss the Beijing Olympic marathon
  • The world record holder fears the mixture of heat, humidity and pollution
  • He is hoping to run in the 10,000 meters
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PARIS, France -- World marathon record holder Haile Gebreselassie of Ethiopia is unlikely to take part in the event at the Beijing Olympics.

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Gebreselassie wants to run in the 10,000 meters in Beijing.

His agent Jos Hermans said: "He will probably not the run the marathon in Beijing. It's not 100 percent sure but it looks like it because of the heat, humidity and the pollution.

"Indeed it's 99 percent sure. He doesn't want to put his career in danger and he still wants to run at the 2012 Olympics in London.

"His dream is to run in two hours and three minutes and to be the first to do that. It's more important for him than to win another gold medal."

Hermans said that Gebreselassie planned to run in the 10,000 meters in Beijing but would first have to qualify for the Ethiopian team, which will be selected after the May 24 meeting in Hengelo.

"I don't know what he will do if he doesn't qualify for the 10,000 meters," he added.

The International Olympic Committee has already voiced concern over distance events at the Olympics in August and has said that the marathons could be called off if the conditions posed a danger to athletes' health. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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