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Haile Gebrselassie leaves race, retires

Updated: November 7, 2010, 8:22 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- World-record holder Haile Gebrselassie stunned the running world by announcing his retirement Sunday after dropping out of the New York City Marathon.

The 37-year-old Ethiopian great, widely considered the greatest distance runner ever, pulled out at the 16-mile mark with a right knee injury.

"I never think about to retire. But for the first time, this is the day," Gebrselassie said at a brief news conference afterward. "Let me stop and do other work after this."

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