Gebreselassie Eases Back into Competition

Published June 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Ethiopian long distance running legend Haile Gebreselassie started his countdown to the Sydney Olympics with a win at the IAAF meet in Milan, Wednesday. 

Gebreselassie won the 5,000m - his only Olympic event - but in the sluggish time of 13min 01.60s. 

A long way off peak condition he led without ever forcing the pace, beating Kenyan Kabii in a sprint. Another Kenyan Sammy Kipketer took third. 

The USA's Tyree Washington won the 400m in 44.84s ahead of his compatriot Jim Davis - (AFP)

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