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Haile Gebrselassie Sets Another World Record - 2003-02-21

Ethiopian star Haile Gebrselassie has set another world record, with his latest mark being achieved indoors at a meet in Birmingham, England.

Haile set a new world indoor record January 21st in the two mile run at the Norwich Union meet, clocking 8:04.69.

The two-time Olympic champion bettered the previous mark of 8:09.66, which was set by fellow Ethiopian Haylu Mekonnen at the same venue on February 20th, 2000.

Speaking after the race, Haile said he had some doubts about how fast he could go, because of some recent injury problems. In Haile's words, "I thought maybe I was getting a litte too old for this, but not after today." It was a triumphant return to the track for the 29-year-old superstar, one of the greatest distance runners of all time.

This is the 16th time that Haile has set a world record on the Birmingham track. Birmingham will also host next month's I-double-A-F World Indoor Championships. The athletics festival will be held from March 14th through March 16th.