Haile GEBRSELASSIE

Ethiopia ETH

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Atlanta 1996
  • Year of Birth
    1973
Olympic Results

Biography

Haile GEBRSELASSIE

Haile Gebrselassie is considered one of the greatest runners in history, with victories and world records in almost every long-distance and middle-distance event.

Born to run

As a child growing up on a farm in Ethiopia, Haile Gebrselassie ran 10 kilometres to school each day and another 10 kilometres back home. As an adult, he ran with his left arm crooked, the effect of years spent running with books under his arm.

Great rivalry

By Atlanta in 1996, Gebrselassie was the reigning world record holder at 10,000m and the twice-defending world champion. His main rival was cross-country champion Paul Tergat of Kenya. The two men dominated the final with Gebrselassie winning dramatically by just six metres. This tense rivalry was repeated in Sydney, when Gebrselassie sensationally took gold with his very last stride.

A change of pace

At the 2004 Athens Games, Gebrselassie finished 5th in the 10,000m. After Athens, he concentrated on the half-marathon and the marathon, and soon became a specialist. He won many prestigious victories in the Berlin, Fukuoka and Dubai races. He even set a world record in the distance in 2007.

Passing on the legacy

At the 2008 Beijing Games, Haile Gebrselassie finished sixth in the marathon. It was won by Kenenisa Bekele, who is considered to be his distance-running heir.

Olympic Results

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Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

#6
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
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Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

#5
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sydney 2000

G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
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Results Event Sport

Atlanta 1996

G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
#DNS
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Athletics