Thu. Jan 21st, 2021

Haile Gebrselassie vs Mo Farah – gloves off ahead of London Marathon

Gebrselassie vs farah london marathon 2019Two running legends have been at each other’s throats all week in the build-up to the 2019 London Marathon. Here’s what’s gone down.

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The build-up to the London Marathon has not been short of
drama. Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum, and the world record holder in the half marathon,
was provisionally suspended and won’t take part in the event. Kiptum’s biological
passport revealed “irregularities”.

Elsewhere, running legend Haile Gebrselassie has lashed out at Mo Farah, accusing him of holding a “grudge” against him. The Ethiopian refused to host a running coach accused of doping offences and reckons Farah’s never gotten over it.

Gebrselassie vs Farah: What’s the deal?

Gebrselassie made the claims in an interview with Telegraph Sport ahead of the London Marathon. But that’s only one part of the story.

Farah and Gebrselassie have been going at each other all week

On Wednesday, at a press conference ahead of the London Marathon, Farah made an accusation that somebody had stolen £2 600 in four different currencies, a watch given to him by his wife, and two mobile phones while he was staying at a hotel in Ethiopia.

Farah was staying at the Yaya Africa Athletics Village. That
hotel is owned by…. you guessed it…Gebrselassie.

At the press conference, Farah showed a handful of
journalists photos of the bag that he alleges was broken into.

Gebrselassie soon hit back. He claimed that Farah and his entourage were guilty of “disgraceful conduct. The list of offences includes Farah not paying his hotel bill, despite a discount and allegations of assault.

But wait! There’s more!

Yeah, who needs soapies, right?

Gebrselassie vs Farah redux

In an interview with The Guardian, the Ethiopian claimed that Farah had “punched and kicked a husband and his wife”.

Farah hasn’t responded to these claims, but according to reports from UK media, the British runner’s coach, Gary Lough, said the athlete was acting in self-defence.

After that exchange, Gebrselassie made the claim in the Telegraph interview that Farah is holding a grudge because of an incident involving Jama Aden.

Jama Aden dragged into the drama

Aden, the former coach of 2015 world 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba, was arrested after police raided his hotel room in Sabadell, north of Barcelona in June 2016. The investigation is still continuing.

“His grudge against me started when I denied access to Jama Aden to the hotel and forbidden access,” Gebrselassie told the Telegraph.

“I was head of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation at the time. He was angry with me at the time and looking for ways to revenge for that.”

Bak to London Marathon business

On Sunday, Farah will square off against Eliud Kipchoge, the greatest runner of the marathon in history. The Kenyan is the favourite to take the title.

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