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Gebrselassie bid to beat record fails

HAILE Gebrselassie failed to break his own one-hour world record on Monday, falling 463 meters short of his previous best.

Gebrselassie ran 21.285 kilometers in an hour at the IAAF Grand Prix Golden Spike meet in the Czech Republic two years ago.

The 36-year-old Ethiopian - who has set 25 world records in his career - was hampered by strong winds and a 10-minute rain spell during Monday's record attempt at the FBK Games in Hengelo, the Netherlands.

"It's a strange day today," Gebrselassie said. "It's a sunny day so I didn't expect the rain. I really wanted to break the record for the people."

Gebrselassie, who broke four world records at previous Hengelo meets, said he intends to run the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics.

Olympic silver medalist Asbel Kiprop of Kenya easily claimed the 1,500, winning in 3 minutes 34.45 seconds after double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia pulled out halfway through the race, appearing to struggle with an injury.

Another Ethiopian Deresse Mekonnen finished second in 3:34.85.

Netherlands Antilles sprinter Churandy Martina won the men's 100 in 9.97 ahead of Monzavous Rae Edwards of the United States and Simeon Williamson of Britain.

LaVerne Jones of the US Virgin Islands won the women's 100 in 11.13 seconds, while Stephanie Durst of the US finished second and Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas was third.

Olympic 400 champion Christine Ohuruogu of Britain placed second in the women's 200, losing to Jones, who won in 22.46. Joice Maduaka, also of Britain, finished third.


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