Sunday, September 30, 2007

True Sportsmen

For those of you who don't follow running, the world record in the men's marathon was set today in Berlin by the incomparable Haile Gebreselassie. He ran an unbelievable 2:04:26 to shave nearly 30 seconds off of Paul Tergat's record, set in Berlin in 2003.

Those two men are role models for all young athletes. Not only do they have amazing dedication and discipline in their training, they are also humble sportsmen. Check out the phone conversation between these two rivals after the race:

"Tergat was one of the first to congratulate him, calling from his native Kenya shortly after the race.

"Sorry Paul," Gebrselassie told him over the phone. "I think I had better conditions than when you ran the record. After 20 kilometers, I knew I could break the record, because I felt so good."

Tergat was happy that he lost his record to a good friend.

"That's sport, records are made to be broken," he said."

To read the whole article on MSN Fox Sports, click here.

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