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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HAILE GEBRSELASSIE has questioned Mo Farah's decision to switch from the track to the road by saying: 'Don't rush your marathon dreams.' This morning Farah will make his debut in the Bupa Great North Run - aiming to become the first British male winner since Steve Kenyon in 1985.
Double Commonwealth champion Moses Kipsiro edged out Wilson Kipsang to claim the men's title with Haile Gebrselassie in third.