Who Is Haile Gebrselassie? posted by Runner
Born April 18, 1973, Haile Gebrselassie is a road and track, running athlete from Ethiopia, who has won world championship titles four times, and two gold medals in the Olympics for over 10,000 meters events. He has also won the Dubai Marathon three times consecutively, and the Berlin Marathon, four times. Additionally, Gebrselassie was the Half Marathon World Champion in 2001, and has won four indoors world titles.
Haile grew up on a farm, and had to run to school ten kilometers one way. every day. In the evening he would run the same distance while returning, and this gave him a unique running posture of holding the left arm crooked, as he used to hold his school books in that hand. In 1992, he was recognized on the international platform, when he won the 10,000-meter and 5000-meter races at the Junior World Championships held in Seoul. Next year, Haile won his first world championship title for the 10,000 meters men's event and later consecutively won it three more times.
In 1995, Haile lowered the world record by full nine seconds, when he finished the 10,000 meters race in 26:43.53 in Netherlands. The same year in Switzerland, he lowered the record of 5,000 meters race as well, by 10.91 seconds, completing the event in 12:44.39. In 1998, Haile was again lowering world records of the indoor 2000 and 3000 meters events. In the same year, he also won all his races of the Golden League Series.
After the 2004 Olympics, Haile stopped participating in track events and he has concentrated on running the marathon and road races. In the 2007 Berlin marathon, he not only won the race but also set a new record, and the next year he again won this marathon and broke his own record of the previous year.Continue reading "Who Is Haile Gebrselassie?"