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Gebrselassie may withdraw from Beijing Olympics

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2008 | 11:25 AM

Haile Gebrselassie said he would withdraw from the marathon at this year\'s Beijing Olympics, if the city\'s air pollution levels do not improve.

The marathon world record holder missed last year\'s London Marathon because of a breathing problem.

Gebrselassie, who won Friday\'s Dubai Marathon in a time just outside his own world record, said that would be his last race at the distance before Beijing.

He plans to run shorter races before setting up base to prepare for the Games.