"I want to thank everybody who supported me last week and gave me trust that I could still continue my career and that I can continue my road to London 2012," Gebrselassie said yesterday in a statement. "Running is in my blood and now my mind is clear again I can continue competing."
The 37-year-old runner had announced his retirement after pulling out of the New York Marathon on 7 November with ten miles to go because of a knee injury. But he immediately began reassessing the decision.
"My announcement in New York was my first reaction after a disappointing race," Gebrselassie said on Twitter. "When my knee is better again I will start focusing on my next race."
Gebrselassie's manager, Jos Hermens, said last week that Gebrselassie was in an emotional state when he made the surprise announcement in New York.