Haile Gebrselassie

Haile Gebrselassie (18 April 1973) is an Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete.

He won 2 Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres, 4 World Championship titles, the Berlin Marathon 4 times consecutively. Further to this, he won 4 world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.

He set 27 world records, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history.

In September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03:59, breaking his own world record by 27 seconds.

Ethiopia Long-distance running

Career

In 1992 he won the 5000m and 10,000m races at the Junior World Championships in Seoul and a silver medal in the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships.

In 1993 Haile won the first of four consecutive World Championships titles in the men’s 10,000 metres.

In 1994 he won a bronze medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and he set his first world record by running a 12:56.96 in the 5,000m.

In 1995 Haile set the 10,000m record in 26:43.53 and ran the 5000m in 12:44.39, taking 10.91 seconds off the world record 12:55.30 This world record was voted “Performance of the Year”.

In 1998 he has lowered the indoor world records for 2000 and 3000 metres and set a 10,000 metres world record 26:22.75, breaking Paul Tergat’s world record.

In 2000, Haile again won all of his races, ranking first in the world yet again in both the 5000 and 10,000 metres. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he became the third man in history to successfully defend an Olympic 10,000 metres title.

In 2001, Haile won the IAAF World half marathon and the bronze medal in the 10,000m at the World Championships in Athletics.

Since leaving the track after the 2004 Olympics, Haile has focused on road racing and the marathon. His Marathons to date include London 2002 (3rd), Amsterdam 2005 (1st), London 2006 (9th), Berlin 2006 (1st), Fukuoka 2006 (1st), London 2007 (dnf), Berlin 2007 (1st and WR), Dubai 2008 (1st), Berlin 2008 (1st and WR), Dubai 2009 (1st) Berlin 2009 (1st), Dubai 2010 (1st), and NYC 2010 (dnf).

In 2005 Haile went undefeated in all of his road races and in 2006 he beated the Half Marathon record, but on 23 April 2006, he finished 9th in the London Marathon that he considered as “the worst race of my career”. However he came back with a win in the Berlin Marathon in the fastest time of the year, 2:05:56 that made him the fifth man in history to run under 2:06 for the Marathon. This was followed by a win in the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan in 2:06:52.

On 27 June 2007, Haile launched an attack upon the world record for the one hour run, in Ostrava, Czech Republic. This record attempt was successful as Haile passed the hour mark at 21,285 metres.

Haile made his debut in New York City when he won the New York City Half Marathon on 5 August 2007, in 59:24, breaking the previous course record. His win in the Lisbon Half Marathon (59:15) in March 2008 gave him a perfect record of 9–0 in winning all of his half marathons. He lost his first half marathon in Den Haag (14 March 2009). On 30 September 2007, Haile won the Berlin Marathon in 2:04:26, setting the world record.

Haile is the only man older than 30 years of age to break 27 minutes in the 10,000m;

On 28 September 2008, he defended his Berlin Marathon title, breaking his own world record by 27 seconds.

Haile won the Dubai Marathon on 16 January 2009. In September that year, he won the Berlin Marathon for the fourth consecutive time and on that occasion he passed the 30-kilometer point in 1:27:49, which is a new world record for a road 30K

In 2010 he tried to attack his own world record for the third consecutive time at the Dubai Marathon 2010. Although he won the race with a time of 2:06:09, he failed to break his world record.

 

Personal bests

Outdoor track

DistanceTimeDateLocation
1500 metres3:33.736 June 1999Stuttgart, Germany
Mile run3:52.3927 June 1999Gateshead, England
3000 metres7:25.0928 August 1998Brussels, Belgium
Two miles8:01.0831 May 1997Hengelo, Netherlands
5000 metres12:39.3613 June 1998Helsinki, Finland
10,000 metres26:22.751 June 1998Hengelo, Netherlands
20,000 metres56:26.027 June 2007Ostrava, Czech Republic
One hour run21,285 m27 June 2007Ostrava, Czech Republic

Road

DistanceTimeDateLocation
10K run27:0211 December 2002Doha, Qatar
15 km41:3811 November 2001Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ten miles44:244 September 2005Tilburg, Netherlands
20 km55:48+15 January 2006Phoenix, United States
Half marathon58:5515 January 2006Phoenix, United States
25 km1:11:3712 March 2006Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Marathon2:03:5928 September 2008Berlin, Germany

Indoor track

DistanceTime (min)DateLocation
800 metres1:49.359 February 1997Dortmund, Germany
1000 metres2:20.301 February 1998Stuttgart, Germany
1500 metres3:31.761 February 1998Stuttgart, Germany
2000 metres4:52.8615 February 1998Birmingham, England
3000 metres7:26.1525 January 1998Karlsruhe, Germany
Two miles8:04.6921 February 2003Birmingham, England
5000 metres12:50.3814 February 1999Birmingham, England

Marathon performances

 

Year

Competition

Position

Performance

2002

London Marathon

3rd

2:06:35

2005

Amsterdam Marathon

1st

2:06:20

2006

Berlin Marathon

1st

2:05:56

2006

Fukuoka Marathon

1st

2:06:52

2006

London Marathon

9th

2:09:31

2007

Berlin Marathon

1st

2:04:26

2007

London Marathon

DNF

2008

Berlin Marathon

1st

2:03:59

2008

Dubai Marathon

1st

2:04:53

2009

Dubai Marathon

1st

2:05:29

2009

Berlin Marathon

1st

2:06:08

2010

Dubai Marathon

1st

2:06:09

2010

New York City Marathon

DNF

2011

Berlin Marathon

DNF

2012

Tokyo Marathon

4th

2:08:17

2012

Fukuoka Marathon

DNF

Track and field circuit

 

Year

Competition

Venue

Position

Event

1995

Grand Prix Final

Monte Carlo, Monaco

1st

3000 metres

1998

Golden League

Europe

1st

Jackpot winner

1998

Grand Prix Final

Moscow, Russia

1st

3000 metres

World record and best performances

 

DistanceMarkDateLocationNotes
5000 metres12:56.964 June 1994Hengelo, Netherlands 
Two miles8:07.4628 May 1995Kerkrade, NetherlandsThird fastest time ever
10,000 metres26:43.535 June 1995Hengelo, Netherlands 
5000 metres12:44.3916 August 1995Zurich, Switzerland 
5000 metres13:10.9827 January 1996Sindelfingen, Germany,indoors
3000 metres7:30.724 February 1996Stuttgart, Germany,indoors
5000 metres12:59.0420 February 1997Stockholm, Swedenindoors
Two miles8:01.0831 May 1997Hengelo, NetherlandsSecond fastest time ever
10,000 metres26:31.324 July 1997Oslo, Norway 
5000 metres12:41.8613 August 1997Zurich, Switzerland 
3000 metres7:26.1525 January 1998Karlsruhe, Germanyindoors
2000 metres4:52.8615 February 1998Birmingham, UKindoors
10,000 metres26:22.751 June 1998Hengelo, Netherlands 
5000 metres12:39.3613 June 1998Helsinki, Finland 
5000 metres12:50.3814 February 1999Birmingham, UKindoors
10 kilometres27:0211 December 2002Doha, Qatarroad race
Two miles8:04.6921 February 2003Birmingham, UKindoors
15 kilometres41:224 September 2005Tilburg, Netherlandsroad race, not IAAF-ratified
10 miles44:244 September 2005Tilburg, Netherlandsroad race, world best
20 kilometres55:48+15 January 2006Tempe, Arizona, US 
Half marathon58:5515 January 2006Tempe, Arizona, US 
25 kilometres1:11:3712 March 2006Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlandsroad race, not IAAF-ratified – no post-race EPO test
One hour run21,285 m27 June 2007Ostrava, Czech Republic 
Marathon2:04:2630 September 2007Berlin, Germany 
Marathon2:03:5928 September 2008Berlin, Germany 
30 kilometres1:27:49 +20 September 2009Berlin, Germany

International competitions

 

Year

Competition

Venue

Position

Event

 

1991

World Cross Country Championships

Antwerp, Belgium

8th

Junior race

 

 

1992

World Cross Country Championships

Boston, United States

2nd

Junior race

 

 

1992

World Junior Championships

Seoul, South Korea

1st

5000 metres

 

 

1992

World Junior Championships

Seoul, South Korea

1st

10,000 metres

 

 

1993

World Cross Country Championships

Amorebieta, Spain

7th

Senior race

 

 

1993

African Championships

Durban, South Africa

2nd

5000 metres

 

 

1993

African Championships

Durban, South Africa

3rd

10,000 metres

 

 

1993

World Championships

Stuttgart, Germany

2nd

5000 metres

 

 

1993

World Championships

Stuttgart, Germany

1st

10,000 metres

 

 

1994

World Cross Country Championships

Budapest, Hungary

3rd

Senior race

 

 

1994

World Road Relay Championships

Litochoro, Greece

2nd

Marathon relay

 

 

1995

World Cross Country Championships

Durham, England

4th

Senior race

 

 

1995

World Championships

Gothenburg, Sweden

DNS

5000 metres

 

 

1995

World Championships

Gothenburg, Sweden

1st

10,000 metres

 

 

1996

World Cross Country Championships

Stellenbosch, South Africa

5th

Senior race

 

 

1996

Olympic Games

Atlanta, United States

DNS

5000 metres

 

 

1996

Olympic Games

Atlanta, United States

1st

10,000 metres

 

 

1997

World Indoor Championships

Paris, France

1st

3000 metres

 

 

1997

World Championships

Athens, Greece

1st

10,000 metres

 

 

1999

World Indoor Championships

Maebashi, Japan

1st

1500 metres

 

 

1999

World Indoor Championships

Maebashi, Japan

1st

3000 metres

 

 

1999

World Championships

Seville, Spain

1st

10,000 metres

 

 

2000

Olympic Games

Sydney, Australia

1st

10,000 metres

 

 

2001

World Championships

Edmonton, Canada

3rd

10,000 metres

 

 

2001

World Half Marathon Championships

Bristol, England

1st

Half marathon

 

 

2003

World Indoor Championships

Birmingham, England

1st

3000 metres

 

 

2003

World Championships

Paris, France

2nd

10,000 metres

 

 

2004

Olympic Games

Athens, Greece

5th

10,000 metres

 

 

2008

Olympic Games

Beijing, China

6th

10,000 metres