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Haile all set for Worldrecord bid in Amsterdam

Haile Gebrselassie believes after a highly successful build-up he is shape

to smash the world record when competing in Sunday's ING Amsterdam

Marathon. Gebrselassie after missing the London Marathon earlier this year when not

fully recovered from surgery on an achilles, injury, runs his first marathon

since competing there three years ago.

The Ethiopian on that occasion making his debut at international level

finished third as Khalid Khannounchi lowered his own world record to two hours

five minutes and thirty eight seconds ahead of Paul Tergat. Tergat since that defeat has brought the figure down to 2:04:55 hours and

Gebrselassie on Sunday is aiming in Amsterdam to challenge the Kenyan's

two-year-old mark.

"It would be great if I run a world record,"? said Gebrselassie the world's

greatest-ever middle distance runner who retired from track racing racing

after last year's Olympic Games. But

Gebeselassie well aware of how awesome Tergat's time set in Berlin is,

added: "But I would still be happy with a personal best in Amsterdam."

That currently stands at 2:06:35 when he lost out in the epic 2003

London race when Moroccan-born Khannouchi now a United States citizen,

powered away in the closing stages of the race.

Gebrselassie learned a lot from that experience, firstly his Ethiopian

record time emphasising his ability to become a world class marathon runner

and secondly, the necessity of remaining hydrated. "Three years ago in London, I took only water throughout the race and at

the end, I felt really cold and tired," said the two-times Olympic 10000

metres gold medallist.In Amsterdam following the example of other top marathon stars he will use

a sports drink containing glucose which is much more beneficial than plain

water. "They are vital for keeping my energy levels constant,"?

said Gebrselassie who since his comeback after missing the London Marathon has

been in brilliant form on the roads.

In June he set a UK All-Comers' 10 kilometres record in the BUPA Great Run

in Manchester and more recently lowered the world 10 miles record with a

stunning run in Tilburg. The "Emperor" who will