Haile Gebre Selassie is the greatest Ethiopian long-distance runner of all time. He was born on April 18, 1973 in Asela, Arsi Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. In 1992 he won the 5000-meter race and the 10000-meter race at the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea. The next year, he won the first of four world championships in a row in the 10000 meters, in the years of 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. He bagged gold for Ethiopia at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, and Sydney in 2000, both in the 10000-meter race. He also claimed four World Indoor Championships’ titles in the years of 1997 (3000 meters, Paris, France), 1999 (3000 meters and 1500 meters, both in Maebashi, Japan), and 2003 (3000 meters, Birmingham, the UK).
Haile Gebre Selassie also competed at the marathon in London 2012, where he finished third, Amsterdam Marathon 2005 and Berlin Marathon 2006, where he won the race. He also finished first in Dubai Marathon 2008, Berlin Marathon, the same year, Dubai Marathon 2009 and 2010. During his career, Haile Gebra Selassie set 27 world records and broke some 61 Ethiopian national records, making him the greatest long-distance runner in history.