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Haille Gebrselassie quits Olympics

The marathon has to be one of the toughest physical challenges in the Olympics. Along with other Olympic sports such as skeet shooting, archery and indoor bowls, it’s the ultimate test of physical endurance.

Shame, then, that Haille Gebrselassie looks like he might not go to Beijing amid fears that the cloying pollution there may irrevocably damage his health. He’s an asthma sufferer, apparently. It would be a blow the the Games, purely because Gebrselassie is such a high-profile, stellar athlete. Paula Radcliffe, his female equivalent, is an asthma sufferer too. Let’s hope they’re both able to grace the Olympic Games with their talent.

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