Haile Gebrselassie Biography

Haile Gebrselassie Is an Ethiopian athlete, who is the greatest long distance runner of all the time. He is an Olympic and world champion, Winning two Olympic gold medals at 10,000 meters and four world championships at the same distance.
He has won the Berlin Marathon for a record four times, the Dubai Marathon twice and also the 2001 Dubai Half Marathon. He has broken 61 Ethiopian records in the course of his career in distances from the 800m to the marathon. He has also set 27 World Records, ranging from the 1500m to the marathon. He also widely considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time.
Haile Gebreselassie was born as one of ten children, on April 18, 1973 at Arsi Province, Ethiopia. He used to run 10 km to school every morning and the same distance back in the evening. He was so fast that his friends weren’t able to catch him at all.
Haile said his first race was a 1,500 meter school race. Although he was younger than the other competitors he started off fast and held on to win. He then decided to concentrate more on running.
Soon his talent was spotted and he was asked to try for the Ethiopian national athletics team


Haile could not train properly for the 2004 Olympics because of an injury, in which he was unable to win the 10,000m Gold for a third consecutive time. He retired from the track and turned his focus on road races and marathons.
He was very successful in this as well as he went on to set new records and win marathons around the world in places like Fukuoka, Berlin, Dubai and Amsterdam. At age 40, Haile was still able to win races. In April 2013, just before his 40th birthday, Haile won the Vienna half marathon in a time of 1 hour one minute. He was asked by the guardian, how he manages to retain the enthusiasm to keep training and racing into his 40th year, Haile replied. “You know, there is no secret. I am just always very careful when I’m training. All athletes need three things: commitment, discipline and hard work. Without that it’s hard to keep running for a long time”. He has been successful in every distance that he has run in. Without a doubt, he has been the one of the most versatile and successful athletes in the history of athletics.


Haile gained international recognition in 1992 when he won the 5000 meter and 10,000 meter races at the 1992 Junior World Championships in Seoul, and a silver medal in the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships.
The next season, in his first year in the senior ranks, Haile won his first world champion title, taking the 10,000m title in Stuttgart. He went on to win four consecutive world titles at this distance in 93, 95, 97 and his final world 10,000 m title in 1999 at Seville.
In 1995, he continued his dominance on the track and lowered the world record for both the 5,000m and 10,000m. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he easily won the Gold in the 10,000m which he defended successfully at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well. With his performances, he had made Ethiopia, one of the running superpowers in the world of Athletics.
In the year 1998, he broke the World Records for the 2,000m and the 3,000m. In 1999 and 2000, Haile was not defeated in even a single race.