Mumbai: Two-time Olympic gold medallist, Haile Gebrselassie will be the event ambassador of the USD 3,50,000 prize money 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be held on January 20.
The legendary Ethiopian long distance ace, winner of two 10,000m Olympic gold medals and four world championship titles, would be in Mumbai from January 17 till the race day.
After ending a glorious career in track running, Haile crowned himself the 'King of the Road' in September 2008, when, at the age of 35, won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03.59, breaking his own mark by 27 seconds.
He has won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. He was also the 2001 World Half Marathon champion.
"I am looking forward to my first visit to India...I am looking forward to inspire all the runners in the marathon. For me it is always important to inspire the younger generation. I hope my visit and my history in athletics can inspire the future Indian top athletes," said Haile in his message.


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