Just when everyone thinks there is nothing more Haile can do, he pulls out another magic trick out of his bag. In today's race, Haile had an unexpected company up to 35km. Winning, let alone breaking the record, was in doubt according to race commentators. Haile shook off his last challenger after 35 km and showed his heart with an all out sprint on the last stretch to dip under the 2:04 barrier.
Many Ethiopians have been pressuring Haile to retire "with dignity" for the last couple of years... he has proven them all wrong by adding three more world records in that time span. He is out-running his competition, the race clock, and may be even Father Time.