Haile Gebrselassie

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Haile Gebrselassie,

1973–, Ethiopian track athlete. Adept at both indoor and outdoor distance events as well as long-distance cross-country and marathon running, Haile won major races in distances ranging from the 1,500 m to the marathon. His first important win was the world championship in the 10,000-m race in 1993; he won the event again in 1995. He also won the gold medal in the 10,000-m race at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic games. After failing to medal at the 2004 Olympics, he specialized in the marathon, winning nine such races and setting world records in 2007 and 2008. During his long career Haile set more than 20 records.


See J. Denison, The Greatest (2004); B. Greenspan, dir., Endurance (film, 1998).

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Addis Ababa [Ethiopia], Oct 6 ( ANI ):President of India Ram Nath Kovind interacted with retired running legend Haile Gebrselassie, the president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, at Addis Ababa on Friday.
Haile Gebrselassie joins in the fun after the Great Ethiopian Run with the Tyne Bridge Harriers' visitors Pic: DON VERNON
Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie at the launch of the Sub2hr Project at Northumbria University yesterday
Andy Mitchelmore, of organisers Nova International, said: "I'm sure seeing elite athletes like Haile Gebrselassie will have inspired the children to continue running.
London race director Hugh Brasher said: "We are delighted to announce that Haile Gebrselassie has agreed to run as a pacemaker in this year's race.
s Mo Farah (left) and Ethiopian pair Haile Gebrselassie (centre) and Kenenisa Bekele lead the way during the 2013 BUPA Great North Run in Newcastle
THE MASTER AND THE APPRENTICE: Haile Gebrselassie and Mo Farah on Friday
RUNNING legend Haile Gebrselassie said returning to Birmingham would be 'something special' having achieved so much in the city during his career.
Ethiopian superstar Haile Gebrselassie announced he would be taking part while visiting Soweto in South Africa, where he is doing charity work for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
HAILE Gebrselassie saw off the challenge of Chris Thompson to claim his fourth Bupa Great Manchester Run title and then predicted great things for the Briton.
Summary: Haile Gebrselassie has vowed to return to the emirate later this year to fire off the starting gun of a race on a special date.