Gebrselassie fails to make Olympic grade
Legendary marathon runner Haile Gebrselassie has admitted defeat in his quest to appear at the London Olympic Games.
The 38-year-old Ethiopian has been unable to win a place in his nation's team and will now instead focus his attentions on competing in the Great Manchester Run in May.
Gebrselassie is a two-time Olympic 10,000m champion, but switched to running marathons in 2004.
He suffered a setback on the road to London when he recorded a time of 2:08.17 in the Tokyo Marathon earlier this year, well outside the standard set by his fellow countrymen, around the 2:04 mark.
"Although I will not be taking part in the Olympic marathon I am still enjoying my athletics career and looking forward to coming to Manchester again and to a course which I love," he said.
"Manchester will be my last 10,000 metres race. But I still feel good. There is only a small difference compared to 2011. I am just a bit slower now."
In a glittering international career, Gebrselassie has won two Olympic gold medals and was also triumphant at the 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999 World Championships.