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Games Results Sport Event
London 2012
Games Results Sport Event
London 2012
#4 Athletics 10,000 metres
Beijing 2008
Games Results Sport Event
Beijing 2008
#1
Athletics 5,000 metres
#1
Athletics 10,000 metres
Athens 2004
Games Results Sport Event
Athens 2004
#2
Athletics 5,000 metres
#1
Athletics 10,000 metres

Kenenisa BEKELE

Ethiopia
Athletics
Height
165 cm / 5'5''
Weight
56 kg / 123 pounds
Birth date
13 Jun 1982 Bekojo, Ethiopia
Gender
Male

Number of medals

4 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

3 Olympic Games

Kenenisa BEKELE biography

Kenenisa Bekele started out as a football player, but soon switched to running. The short Ethiopian was seen as the successor of Haile Gebrselassie. His first successes came in cross-country. From 2002 to 2006, he won both the short and long races at the International Cross-Country Championships, and with his sixth title in the long cross, he broke Paul Tergat's record number of titles. But successes also came on the track. In 2004, he broke the world record in both the 5,000 and 10,000 m, and in 2003 he won his first world title in the 10,000 m, repeating in 2005 and 2007. At the Athens Olympics, he tried to win the 5 and 10k double, but after a win in the longest race, he was beaten by El Guerrouj in the 5,000. In Beijing, he again attempted to win both events, and succeeded with relative ease. Bekele's greatest setback came in 2005, when his fiancé Alem Techale (a former World Youth Champion) died of heart failure while training with Bekele. He dedicated his three World Titles he won later that year to her memory.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 12:37.35 (2004); 10000 – 26:17.53 (2005).

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