27 Candid Truths Revealed About Kenenisa Bekele

1. Kenenisa Bekele is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who holds the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events.

2. He won a double at the 2008 Summer Olympics in these events; he also won the 2004 Olympic title over 10,000 m.

3. He is married to Danawit Gebregziabher and has one brother Tariku Bekele.

4. He is the most accomplished runner in IAAF World Cross Country Championships history, with six long course titles.

5. He won the 10,000 m title at the World Championships in Athletics four times running from 2003 to 2009 .

6. Kenenisa was unbeaten over 10,000 m from his debut in 2003 until 2011, when he failed to finish at the World Championships final.

7. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he became the first man to win both 5000 m and 10,000 m title at the same championships.

8. Over 5000 m he has also won an Olympic silver , two African Championship titles and one All-Africa Games gold medal.

9. He also won the 3000 metres title at the World Indoor Championships in 2006.

10. Kenenisa is considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time, owning several world records and an array of medals.

11. On April 6, 2014, he produced the sixth fastest marathon debut ever on a record eligible course with his victory at the Paris Marathon, in a course record time of 2:05:04.

12. He is the older brother of Tariku Bekele, also an accomplished world-class distance runner.

13. Kenenisa was born in 1982 at Bekoji, Ethiopia, the same town as the Dibaba sisters and their cousin Derartu Tulu.

14. In August 2001 he set a new 3000 metres world junior record, 7:30.67 minutes in Brussels.

15. The record lasted for three and a half years, being broken by Augustine Choge with a run of 7:28.78 minutes.

16. For five years in a row, from 2002 through 2006, he took both short races at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, a feat no other runner has accomplished even once.

17. In 2004, he broke the world records for the indoor 5000 m, outdoor 5000 m and outdoor 10,000 m.

18. Kenenisa is renowned for his ability to accelerate very quickly at the end of a long distance race; in Oslo in June 2003, Bekele chased after Kenyan Abraham Chebii and ran a 54.64 final 400 to win the race in 12:52.26.

19. Again in Lausanne on 1 July 2003, Kenenisa recorded a 200 m segment during the last lap in 24 seconds and a 100 m section in 12 seconds to run a 52.63 final lap.

20. Kenenisa has faced his mentor Haile Gebrselassie twice in road competition, once in cross country, and six times on the track.

21. She was the 2003 World Youth Champion in the 1500 metres and in excellent physical condition.

22. Such confusion was presumed to have been caused by his grief.

23. A few weeks later he lost to fellow Ethiopian Markos Geneti over two miles.

24. Despite his grief and recent losses on the track, he lined up to defend his long and short course titles at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

25. In dramatic fashion, Kenenisa bested the field in the short course despite a fast pace set by Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen.

26. He followed that win with a long course victory the next day over Eritrean Zersenay Tadese and Kenyan rival Eliud Kipchoge.

27. On 8 August 2005, Kenenisa Bekele won the gold medal in the 10,000 m at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki with a stunning last 200 m spurt.

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