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Haile Gebrselassie, born 18 April 1973. In the 10,000 meters, he won two Olympic gold medals and four World Championship crowns. He won the Berlin Marathon four times in a row and the Dubai Marathon three times in a row. He also won four world titles indoors and was the World Half Marathon Champion in 2001. Haile won significant competitions over distances ranging from 1500 meters to the marathon, transitioning from outdoor, indoor, and cross country running to road running in his later years. He holds 61 Ethiopian national marks spanning from 800 meters to marathons, as well as 27 world records, and is widely recognized as one of the best distance runners of all time. In September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03:59, surpassing his own world mark by 27 seconds. For three years, the record stood. Until 29 September 2019, when fellow Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele ran 2:01:41 at the age of 37, that time held as the Masters Age group world record because he was beyond the age of 35. Since 2008, Gebrselassie’s 10000 m Masters record has remained unchallenged. In 2011, New African magazine named Haile one of the Top 100 most influential Africans. Non-Oromo businesses and properties were targeted by Oromo mobs during the Hachalu Hundessa riots in the summer of 2020. The Haile Gebrselassie hotels and resorts were destroyed in the fire, resulting in the loss of 400 employment. Haile was born in Asella, Ethiopia, to a family of ten children. He used to run ten kilometers to school every morning as a boy growing up on a farm, and the same distance back every evening. As a result, he developed a peculiar racing posture, with his left arm twisted as if he were still holding his school books. Haile rose to international prominence in 1992, when he won the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter races at the World Juvenile Championships in Seoul, South Korea, and a silver medal in the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. The following year, in 1993, Haile won the first of four straight world championships wins in the men’s 10,000 meters at the World Championships in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. His most memorable victory came in 1993, when he trod on the heel of Moses Tanui’s shoe at the bell, causing it to fly off his foot. With only one shoe on after the contact, an enraged Tanui surged out to a 10-meter lead, only to be run down by Haile on the final straight.

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