Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian athlete who is considered by many as the greatest long-distance runners of all time. He has to his credit two Gold Olympic medals at the 10,000m distance. He has won the Berlin Marathon for a record four times and that too consecutively. He has won the Dubai Marathon thrice and also the 2001 Half Marathon. He has broken 61 Ethiopian records in the course of his career in distances from the 800m to the marathon. He has also set 27 World Records, ranging from the 1500m to the marathon.
Hailed Gebrselassie was born on April 18, 1973 at Arsi Province, Ethiopia. He had nine siblings and their family lived in financially poor conditions. Haile did not have any interest in running, but it came as a result of his running 10 kms to school every morning and the same distance back in the evening. He was so fast that his friends weren’t able to catch him at all. Soon his talent was spotted and he was asked to try for the Ethiopian national athletics team. Without any training itself, this boy from the hills was able to run faster than many of his trained teammates.