Childhood

Haile Gebreselassie was born as one of the ten children from his father Gebreselassie Bekele and his mother Ayelech Degefu on 18 April 1973 in the Arsi Province of Ethiopia. He used to run about 20 kilometers everyday, 10 kilometers to school in the morning and the same distance back in the evening. Haile’s first race was a 1,500 meters race at his school. Although he was younger than the other competitors, he dashed quickly and managed to win the race. His victory made him to realize his potentials and encouraged him to focus on sharpening his running talent. His talent did not go unnoticed. He was invited to participate in competitions by the Ethiopian national athletics team. The rest is history.

Childhood

Haile Gebreselassie was born as one of the ten children from his father Gebreselassie Bekele and his mother Ayelech Degefu Read More

Career

Haile gained international recognition in 1992 when he won the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters races at the 1992 Junior Read More

Victories

International Competitions ⦁ World Junior Championships (1992); Seoul, South Korea; 5K & 10K meters ⦁ World Championships (1993); Stuttgart, Germany; 10K meters Read More

Track and Field

⦁ Grand Prix Final (1995); Monte Carlo, Monaco; 3K meters ⦁ Golden League (1998); Europe; Jackpot Winner ⦁ Grand Prix Final (1998); Moscow, Read More

Marathon

⦁ Amsterdam Marathon in 2005 ⦁ Berlin Marathon in 2006 ⦁ Fukuoka Marathon in 2006 ⦁ Berlin Marathon in 2007 ⦁ Dubai Marathon in 2008 Read More

Other Performances & World Records

  ⦁ 8:07:46 – Third fastest time ever; two miles; 28 May 1995; Kerkrade, Netherlands ⦁ 8:01:08 – Second fastest time ever; two miles; Read More
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