Haile in perfect shape to take part in the Standard Chartered Marathon

Haile in perfect shape to take part in the Standard Chartered MarathonAfter disappointment in his bid to achieve the feat in the World's richest marathon event, Haile Gebrselassie is really excited for the Standard Chartered Marathon in Dubai tomorrow, as he feels he is in perfect condition to try to break his world record.

Having a world record two hours three minutes 59 seconds, Gebrselassie feels that he would be able to do so as he has been preparing himself really hard for it.

He explained, "I've made sure I'm in perfect shape. But everything has to be perfect, the weather, and the pacemakers."

The course was described as one of the fastest by Gebrselassie and added after his previous failures, "Two years ago, it was a little bit warm at the end and last year, it was raining."

A world record bonus of USD 1million, along with the US 250,000 winner's prize, awaits the world's greatest-ever distance runner, if he is successful tomorrow.

The heavy rain and a headwind was responsible last year for the defeat of Gebrselassie, who maintained an excellent pace with Fabiano Joseph, John Kales and Sammy Kosgei, was very close to collecting a heavy payday.

It has appeared that tomorrow's event, chalked to start early morning at 6.30 am local time, will see Joseph, from Tanzania, and the two Kenyans maintaining pace, who have been recruited again for the purpose.

Gebrselassie also mulls to run in the 2012 Olympic marathon in London where if successful he would add to his previous Games successes over 10,000m in Atlanta and Sydney.

Gebrselassie missed the Beijing Games because of air pollution in the Chinese capital.