Ethiopian long-distance runner. Between 1994 and 1998 he broke the 5,000-metre world record four times and the 10,000-metre record three times, and broke more than 25 world records in indoor and outdoor competition during his career. From 1993 to 2000 he won every Olympic and world title in the 10,000 metres. Later in his career, he focused on the marathon and won four consecutive Berlin Marathons, twice posting world best times.
Olympic Games gold 10,000 metres 1996, 2000
World Championships gold 10,000 metres 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999; silver 5,000 metres 1993; silver 10,000 metres 2003; bronze 10,000 metres 2001
World Indoor Championships gold 1,500 metres 1999; gold 3,000 metres 1997, 1999, 2003
World Half Marathon Championships gold 2001
Berlin Marathon 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
IAAF Male Athlete of the Year 1998
In 1998 Gebrselassie joined Vladimir Kuts of the USSR and Ron Clarke of Australia as the only runners to have broken the 5,000-metre world record four times. In March 1999 he won both the 1,500- and 3,000-metre gold medals at the 1999 World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan. Following his win in the World Half Marathon Championships in October 2001, he made his debut at the marathon distance in London, England, in April 2002: his time of 2 hours 6 minutes 35 seconds shattered the record for a debut, though he finished in third place. In September 2008 Gebrselassie set his 27th world record when winning the Berlin marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes 59 seconds, beating his own world record by 27 seconds.