Haile puts Spanish PM through his paces
Spanish Prime Minster Jose Luis Zapatero warmed up for his speech at the opening session of the AU Summit by going for an early morning run with Haile Gebreselassie and Derartu Tulu in the Entoto Hills last Sunday, Capital reported today.According to the weekly English paper, Zapatero, who runs three or four times a week, and has a best time of under 50 minutes for 10km, had little difficulty keeping up with Ethiopia’s famous Olympic champions who set an easy pace for the 8 km run-in consideration of the prime minister’s arrival in Ethiopia late the previous evening.
The same could hardly be said for the prime minister’s body guards who are likely to remember the exercise as one of their most grueling high altitude endeavors.
Capital wrote that Haile is well-versed in the art of hosting visiting government ministers. In 2008 he took the then Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for a run at Entoto.