Popularly known as the greatest athlete in modern African history, Haile Gebrselassie is a retired Ethiopian long-distance athlete, born on the 18th of April 1973 in Asella, Oromia Region, Ethiopia.

Gebrselassie first gained international attention in 1992 when he won the 5000 metre race at the 1992 Junior World Championships in Seoul and he never looked back after that. He boasts two Olympic Gold medals at the 10,000m distance and set a record by winning the Berlin Marathon four times in a row.

Haile Gebrselassie announces retirement from competitive running. Source: atheleticsweekly
Haile Gebrselassie announces retirement from competitive running. Source: atheleticsweekly

To mention but a few of his long list of achievements, this African global icon has;

  • Won the Dubai Marathon three times and also the 2001 Half Marathon.
  • Broke 61 Ethiopian records in the course of his career in distances from the 800m running to the marathon

As if that was not enough this phenomenal athlete of all times has also set 27 World Records by winning;

Two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres

  • Numerous races from 1500m to the marathon
  • A bronze medal at the World Cross Country Championships
  • Four consecutive Berlin Marathon wins
  • Had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon
  • Four indoor world titles
  • In September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03:59, breaking his own world record by 27 seconds.
Haile Gebrselassie with family. Source: successstory
Haile Gebrselassie with family. Source: successstory

Definitely one of the greatest  long distance runners in history, Gebrselassie’s world record time of 2:03:59 stood for three years. Since he was over the age of 35, it still stands as the Masters Age group world record.

Haile Gebrselassie announced his decision to retire from competitive running immediately after he finished 16th at the Morrisons Great Manchester Run in May 2015.

World Record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, will be in Cape Town in April to support the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Photo:Magna Carta via   doitnow
World Record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, will be in Cape Town in April to support the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Photo:Magna Carta via doitnow
Haile Gebrselassie. Source:randfonteinherald
Haile Gebrselassie. Source:randfonteinherald
Haile Gebrselassie winning the 2008 Berlin Marathon. Source:myrunninglife
Haile Gebrselassie winning the 2008 Berlin Marathon. Source:myrunninglife

 

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