Athletics Career Highlights
Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia Born :1982 in Bekoji, Ethiopia. Bekele is the latest in a long line of Ethiopian world class distance runners. Bursting onto the scene as a teenage sensation in World Cross Country, he has completed an unprecedented five doubles of Long and Short course titles. In 2003 he claimed the World 10,000 metres track gold and confirmed that he had taken over Gebrselassie`s crown by breaking the 5,000 and 10,000 World Records in 2004. In the Athens Olympics he triumphed in the 10,000m . He retained his 10,000 World title in 2005 and lowered his 10,000 World Record in a Golden League meeting in Brussels. A hat-trick of 10,000 metres World titles was secured in 2007. In 2008 he regained his World Cross Country crown - a record 6th title. A Beijing gold medal continued his unbeaten streak in the 10,000 metres and he completed the double winning the 5,000 metres. In Berlin at the World Championships he maintained his astonishing record of never having been beaten at 10,000 metres as well as winning his first 5,000 metres World title.

 

Titles

Outdoor

Track

2003:
World: 10,000 metres
2004:
Olympics
: 10,000 metres
2005:
World: 10,000 metres
2006:
2007:

World: 10,000 metres
2008:
Olympics: 5,000 metres; 10,000 metres
2009:
World:
5,000 metres; 10,000 metres

Indoor

2006:
World: 3,000 metres

 

Cross Country

2002:
World: 12 kilometres; 4 kilometres
2003:
World: 12 kilometres; 4 kilometres
2004:
World: 12 kilometres; 4 kilometres
2005:
World: 12 kilometres; 4 kilometres
2006:
World: 12 kilometres; 4 kilometres
2007:
2008:

World: 12 kilometres

Road

2013:
Great North Run Half Marathon
2014:
Paris Marathon
Great Manchester Run 10k
2015:
2016:
Berlin Marathon
Great Manchester Run 10k

World Records

Outdoor


2004:
5,000 Metres: 12.37.35

10,000 Metres: 26.20.31
2005:
10,000 Metres: 26.17.53