I have a niggling feeling that he'll be back to race again. I'm not fully convinced his retirement is set in stone. As said in the piece, two months ago he ran a 59:33 (!) in a half marathon, his fastest time since 2008.
Only time will tell, but if I had to guess right now, I expect we haven’t seen the last of the “Emperor”. But I also have a feeling we have seen the best of him. And we should count ourselves as fortunate, because again, whether you’re a 49:59 10km runner, a sub-4 minute miler, or an aspirant 2:03 marathon runner, Haile Gebrselassie has played no small part in your belief and achievement.