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Gebrselassie pulls out of marathon

Published:Tuesday | March 11, 2008 | 10:03 AM

Haile Gebrselassie said he would not run in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics because of the city’s air pollution levels.

The marathon world record holder suffers from asthma and missed the 2007 London Marathon, because of the problem.

The 34 year old will try to qualify for Ethiopia in the 10,000 metres at Beijing.

The International Olympic Committee has voiced concerns over the issue of air pollution in Beijing.