Ethiopian running legend who won 10,000 meter gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, as well as several World Championship gold medals.
He had to run 10 kilometers to and from school as a child.
He set a world record marathon time with 2:03:59 at the 2008 Berlin Marathon.
He got married to Alem Gebrselassie in 1996.
He won the 10,000 meter Olympic gold in 2000; Mo Farah would accomplish the same feat twelve years later.