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Gebrselassie Sets World-Best Time

February 15, 1998

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) _ Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia set a new world-best Sunday for the indoor 2,000 meters, clocking 4 minutes 52.86 seconds to top the 11-year-old mark of 4:54.07 by Ireland’s Eamonn Coghlan.

The new world mark in the BUPA Indoor Grand Prix was the 24-year-old Gebrselassie’s 12th in his career. He also holds the world indoor 5,000-meter record of 12:59.04 set last year.

American Maurice Greene, who set a new world indoor record of 6.39 for 60 meters earlier this month in Madrid, failed to run faster, clocking 6.47 just hours after getting off a Concorde flight from New York.

But the night belonged to the Ethiopian, who was cheered on by hundreds of fans waving the national flag.

Gebrselassie, the Olympic champion at 10,000 meters, is also the former world-record holder at 5,000 and 10,000 meters outdoors and won the 10,000 in the world championships last year in Athens.

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