Ethiopian record-holding long-distance runner who is a two-time 10,000 m gold medalist. He also won the 5,000 m race in Beijing in 2012.
He broke the 3,000 meter junior world record at age 19.
He won 5 World Championship gold medals between 2003 and 2009.
He married Danawit Gebregziabher and has a sister Tariku.
He was long-distance running's premier athlete; a title that has since been taken by Mo Farah .