The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie Story

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He used to run barefoot 10km to school every day, carrying his school books. Haile said his first race was a 1, m school race. Although he was younger than the other competitors he started off fast and held on to win.

This made him and others excited at his potential. He then decided to concentrate more on running.

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As a youngster, his big running hero was fellow Ethiopian Abebe Bikila — who won Olympic gold in His big breakthrough on the international scene came in when he won the Junior world title at 5,m and 10,m. The next season, in his first year in the senior ranks, Haile won his first world champion title, taking the 10,m title in Stuttgart.

Haile went on to win four consecutive world titles at this distance — 93, 95, 97 and his final world 10, m title in at Seville. In , he continued his dominance on the track and lowered the world record for both the 5,m and 10,m.

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His first Olympic success came in , Atlanta, where he won gold in the 10, metres. He later said this along with his 5, record was one of his career highlights. That evening was an amazing world record. I was, I can say, really flying that night. He completed his first marathon in at London, where he finished third. But, Haile was still concentrating on the track and in the Athens Olympics, he attempted to become the first athlete to win three consecutive gold medals at the 10, metres.

However, shortly before the Olympic games, he sustained an injury which prevented him from training. In the final, he came 5th, being eclipsed by compatriot — Kenenisa Bekele.

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After the Olympics, Haile concentrated on marathons and road races. In , he won the Berlin marathon in a new world record time — 2: In , he hoped to win another Olympic medal in Beijing. However, he decided to opt out of the marathon because of fears over air quality.

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In fact, no one can talk about the 10, m an athletic event without thinking of Haile Gebrselassie: It's not an exaggeration to say that it's his "private property. He was born in the high plateau of Ethiopia, a perfect place for a future runner.


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As a child, he covered 8 km to go to school - 8 km to go back home - every day. At home, he had to work with his father who was a poor farmer. At the age of 20, in in Stuttgart, the legend was born: That's how he began an unbelievable career. Four-time world champion, double Olympic champion, he broke 15 world records. He became an insurmountable obstacle, especially for the Kenyans, also great runners.

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Armed with a legendary sprint in the last m, he was able to run the last m in 26 seconds!!! His competitors rapidly lost hope of winning and gave up the chase for first place to only focus on "money", until the day he was beaten by Charles Kunathy during the Edmonton World Championship in In , he passed the torch on to Kenenissa Bekele, a compatriot and fabulous runner, too, during the Paris world championship.

In my opinion, he's one of the greatest athletes of all time. Furthermore, he has a very good personality. Haunted by poverty in Ethiopia, he naturally invested his own fortune to fight it. Despite all his efforts, poverty still exists in Ethiopia. For me, Haile Gebrselassie evokes hope, effort and humility.

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