Haile Gebrselassie Shatters World Record in Half Marathon; Ethiopian Lowers World Mark by 21 Seconds at P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona

Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie ran 58:55 to shatter the world record in the half marathon at P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona. (Photo: Business Wire)

TEMPE, Ariz.--()--Jan. 15, 2006--Two-time gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie, from Ethiopia, shattered the world record in the half marathon with a time of 58 minutes, 55 seconds at P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona. He lowered the mark by 21 seconds (previous world record 59:16, Kenyan youngster Samuel Wanjiru). Gebrselassie also broke the 20K mark, running 55:48 at that point, giving him two world records and a career total of 20.

Gebrselassie, 32, posted the world's fastest time in ideal running conditions through the Valley of the Sun -- Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona.

It was an Ethiopian sweep on the day, as Shimelis Mola was the men's winner in the full marathon in a time of 2:13:08 and countrywoman Shitaye Gemechu, 25, won the women's race for the third straight year, at 2:31:44.

The Grand Canyon State welcomed over 33,000 runners and walkers for the third annual P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

    -- Satellite Information Follows --

Satellite coordinates for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006
Haile Gebrselassie Half Marathon World Record
P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona
Tempe, Arizona (USA)

Please note that the USA information is listed first followed by the
UK info. Let me know if you need any other information by calling
1-858-518-2923.

Contact person in the satellite truck on January 15 will be Mark with
Satellink West. His cell phone is 1-602-620-0428.

-Audra Fleming
Elite Racing Inc.
1-858-518-2923
afleming@eliteracing.com

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Contacts

Elite Racing, Inc.
Susan Reid, 858-864-2090
Audra Fleming, 858-518-2923

Contacts

Elite Racing, Inc.
Susan Reid, 858-864-2090
Audra Fleming, 858-518-2923