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. 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. By Atlanta in , Gebrselassie was the reigning world record holder at 10,m and the twice-defending world champion.
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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, meters and four world championships at the same distance. He has broken 61 Ethiopian records in the course of his career in distances from the m to the marathon.
He has also set 27 World Records, ranging from the m to the marathon. He also widely considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time. He used to run 10 km to school every morning and the same distance back in the evening.
Haile said his first race was a 1, 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 gained international recognition in when he won the meter and 10, meter races at the 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,m title in Stuttgart.
He went on to win four consecutive world titles at this distance in 93, 95, 97 and his final world 10, m title in at Seville. In , he continued his dominance on the track and lowered the world record for both the 5,m and 10,m. In the Atlanta Olympics, he easily won the Gold in the 10,m which he defended successfully at the Sydney Olympics as well. With his performances, he had made Ethiopia, one of the running superpowers in the world of Athletics.
In the year , he broke the World Records for the 2,m and the 3,m. In and , Haile was not defeated in even a single race. Haile could not train properly for the Olympics because of an injury, in which he was unable to win the 10,m 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 , just before his 40th birthday, Haile won the Read more. In April , 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. All athletes need three things: commitment, discipline and hard work.
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. International competition. World championships , Stuttgart, Germany won 10,M. World championships , Gothenburg, Sweden won 10,M. World indoor championships , Paris, France won 3,M. World championships , Athens, Greece, won 10,M. World indoor championships , Maebashi, Japan won M and 3,M.
World championships , Seville, Spain won 10,M. Olympic Games , Sydney, Australia, won 10,M. World Half Marathon championships , Bristol England. World indoor championships , Birmingham, England won 3,M. Marathon performances. Track and filled Circuit.
Golden League , Europe, Jackpot winner. Grand Prix Final ,Moscow, Russia won metres. World record and performances.
Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian retired athlete, considered as one of the greatest long distance runners of all time in the world. He run ranging from meters to Marathon, indoor, outdoor and cross country and road running in the latter years of his career. He broke 61 national records and set 27 world records. He is a two times Olympic gold medalist, four times world champion and four times world indoor champion. In , at the age of 35, he broke his own marathon record by 27 seconds at the Berlin Marathon.
haile gebrselassie biography
He won two Olympic gold medals over 10, metres and four World Championship titles in the event. He won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Further to this, he won four world titles indoors and was the World Half Marathon Champion. Haile had major competition wins at distances between metres and the marathon , moving from outdoor, indoor and cross country running to road running in the latter part of his career. He broke 61 Ethiopian national records ranging from metres to the marathon, set 27 world records , and is regarded as one of the greatest distance runners in history. In September , at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of , breaking his own world record by 27 seconds. The record stood for three years.