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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Dubai: Organisers of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon have paid tribute to three-time winner Haile Gebrselassie following the Ethiopian legend's retirement from competitive running at the age of 42 this week.
Haile Gebrselassie was at Northumbria University yesterday for the launch of the Sub2hr Project, an international research initiative aimed at helping an athlete to run a 1:59:59 marathon.
Elite runners Haile Gebrselassie, Michael Shelley, Tiki Gelana and Edna Kiplagat were there to inspire children.
Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie returns to Glasgow today to join more than 30,000 runners taking part in a weekend festival of running, culminating in the 10K and half-marathon tomorrow morning.
HIRING Haile Gebrselassie as pacemaker for Mo Farah is the modern-day equivalent of getting Rembrandt to paint your garden fence.
TWO Newcastle University students enjoyed a rare opportunity to take part in an 8K run with Olympic gold medallist and former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie.
HAILE GEBRSELASSIE will pace a world record attempt at April's Virgin Money London Marathon.
The pre-race build-up had focused on the contest between the British double world and double Olympic champion and Ethiopians BeKele and Haile Gebrselassie.
HAILE GEBRSELASSIE has questioned Mo Farah's decision to switch from the track to the road by saying: 'Don't rush your marathon dreams.
London, Aug 10 ( ANI ): As Britain's double 2012 Olympic champion Mo Farah turns his attention to the 10,000m gold at the World Championships on Saturday, the 30-year-old has revealed that being written off by legend Haile Gebrselassie inspired him at London 2012.
Double Commonwealth champion Moses Kipsiro edged out Wilson Kipsang to claim the men's title with Haile Gebrselassie in third.
The 38-year-old recorded her slowest time over the distance, finishing in one hour, 12 minutes and three seconds, in a race which had been billed as a head to head between Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie.