Haile Gebrselassie was born in Ethiopia on April 18, 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. In addition, he was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion and won four world titles indoors. Haile switched from outdoor, indoor, and cross country running to road running in his later years, winning important titles across distances ranging from 1500 meters to the marathon. He holds 61 Ethiopian national records spanning from 800 meters to marathons, as well as 27 global records. With September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon in a world record time of 2:03:59, breaking his own world mark by 27 seconds. Ethiopia’s inflation rate has been persistently high, peaking at 33.6 percent in February 2022. The headline inflation rate in February 2022 is lower than the 34.5 percent recorded in January 2022. Food inflation was 41.9 percent in February, up from 39.9 percent the previous month. In January 2022, non-food inflation declined to 22.9 percent, down from 27.3 percent in January 2021. The main causes of food inflation include price increases in cooking oils and fats, non-alcoholic beverages, bread and cereals, fish and sea foods, dairy, and meat products. Domestic market supply limits resulting from agricultural production constraints, as well as a constant depreciation of the local currency, are two major drivers to the country’s astronomically high inflation rates.
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