Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who holds the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events. He won a double at the 2008 Summer Olympics in these events; he also won the 2004 Olympic title over 10,000 m. He is married to Danawit Gebregziabher (m. 2007) and has one brother Tariku Bekele.

 

Ethiopia Long-distance runner

Career

Kenenisa was born in 1982 at Bekoji, Ethiopia, the same town as the Dibaba sisters (Ejegayehu, Tirunesh and Genzebe) and their cousin Derartu Tulu.

In August 2001 he set a new 3000 metres world junior record, 7:30.67 minutes in Brussels. The record lasted for three and a half years, being broken by Augustine Choge with a run of 7:28.78 minutes.
For five years in a row, from 2002 through 2006, he took both short (4 km) and long (12 km) races at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, a feat no other runner has accomplished even once. In 2004, he broke the world records for the indoor 5000 m, outdoor 5000 m and outdoor 10,000 m.

Kenenisa is renowned for his ability to accelerate very quickly at the end of a long distance race; in Oslo in June 2003, Kenenisa chased after Kenyan Abraham Chebii and ran a 54.64 final 400 to win the race in 12:52.26. Again in Lausanne on 1 July 2003, Kenenisa recorded a 200 m segment during the last lap in 24 seconds and a 100 m section in 12 seconds to run a 52.63 final lap.

Kenenisa has faced his mentor Haile Gebrselassie twice in road competition, once in cross country, and six times on the track. Haile defeated Kenenisa on the track in the 2000 Nurnberg 5000 metres, the 2001 Great Ethiopian Run 10 km, and the Cross de l’Acier in December 2001, but lost to Kenenisa in Hengelo 2003 over 10,000 m (26:53 to 26:54), Rome 2003 over 5000 m (12:57 to 13:00), Paris 2003 World Championships over 10,000 m (26:49 to 26:50), Athens 2004 Olympic Games (27:05 to 27:27), in the 10,000 m in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (27:01 to 27:06), and in the Great North Run half marathon in September 2013 (60:09 to 60:41).

Personal bests

PERSONAL BEST – OUTDOOR

PERFORMANCEPLACEDATE
1500 Metres3:32.35Shanghai

28 SEP 2007

3000 Metres

7:25.79Stockholm07 AUG 2007
Two Miles8:13.51Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion)

26 MAY 2007

5000 Metres

12:37.35Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion)31 MAY 2004
10,000 Metres26:17.53Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion)

26 AUG 2005

10 Kilometres

27:47Dublin15 APR 2012
15 Kilometres42:42Heerenberg

09 DEC 2001

Half Marathon

01:01:11Berlin25 SEP 2016
25 Kilometres01:12:47Berlin

25 SEP 2016

30 Kilometres

01:27:25London24 APR 2016
Marathon02:03:03Berlin

25 SEP 2016

PERSONAL BEST – INDOOR

PERFORMANCEPLACEDATE
One Mile4:01.57New York (MSG), NY

03 FEB 2006

2000 Metres

4:49.99Birmingham (NIA), GBR17 FEB 2007
3000 Metres7:30.51Stockholm

20 FEB 2007

Two Miles

8:04.35Birmingham (NIA), GBR16 FEB 2008
5000 Metres12:49.60Birmingham (NIA), GBR

20 FEB 2004

Year

CompetitionVenuePositionEvent

Representing Ethiopia

1999

World XC ChampionshipsBelfast, United Kingdom9thJunior race (8.012 km)
World Youth ChampionshipsBydgoszcz, Poland2nd

3000 m

2000

World Junior ChampionshipsSantiago, Chile2nd5000 m
2001World XC ChampionshipsOstend, Belgium2nd

Short race (4.1 km)

1st

Junior race (7.7 km)

2002

World XC ChampionshipsDublin, Ireland

1st

Short race (4.208 km)
1st

Long race (11.998 km)

2003

World XC Championships

Lausanne, Switzerland1stShort race (4.03 km)
1st

Long race (12.355 km)

World Championships in Athletics

Paris, France3rd5000 m
1st

10,000 m

All-Africa Games

Abuja, Nigeria1st5000 m

2004

World XC Championships

Brussels, Belgium1stShort race (4 km)
1st

Long race (12 km)

Olympic Games

Athens, Greece2nd5000 m
1st

10,000 m

2005

World XC Championships

Saint-Galmier, France1stShort race (4.196 km)
1st

Long race (12.02 km)

World Championships in Athletics

Helsinki, Finland1st10,000 m
2006World Indoor ChampionshipsMoscow, Russia1st

3000 m

World XC Championships

Fukuoka, Japan1stShort race (4 km)
1st

Long race (12 km)

African Championships

Bambous, Mauritius1st5000 m
IAAF World CupAthens, Greece2nd

3000 m

2007

World XC Championships

Mombasa, KenyaSenior race (12 km)
World Championships in AthleticsOsaka, Japan1st

10,000 m

2008

World XC Championships

Edinburgh, United Kingdom1stSenior race (12 km)
African ChampionshipsAddis Ababa, Ethiopia1st

5000 m

Olympic Games

Beijing, China1st5000 m
1st

10,000 m

2009

World Championships in Athletics

Berlin, Germany1st5000 m
1st

10,000 m

2011

World Championships in Athletics

Daegu, South Korea10,000 m
2012Olympic GamesLondon, United Kingdom4th

10,000 m

2003, Silver in IAAF Grand Prix Final (Melbourne), 3 000 meters – 7’54″39
2006, Gold in IAAF World Athletics Final (Monaco), 3 000 meters – 7’36″98
Silver in FIFA World Cup Trophy (Athens), 3 000 meters – 7’36″25
2009, Gold in IAAF World Athletics Final (Stuttgart), 5 000 meters – 13’48″62
Gold in IAAF World Athletics Final (Thessaloniki), 3 000 meters – 8’03″79