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Despite injury, Gebrselassie to compete

Updated: August 18, 2004, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- If it was any other race, Haile Gebrselassie would not be running. But this is the Olympic 10,000, and probably the last track event of his legendary career.

So despite an Achilles tendon injury, the two-time defending Olympic champion from Ethiopia will compete on Friday.

"I was very close to pulling out," Gebrselassie said at a news conference Wednesday.

One of the greatest long-distance runners of all time, Gebrselassie, 31, is seeking to become the first ...

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