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Kenenisa Bekele

Full name: Kenenisa Bekele Beyecha
Original name: ቀነኒሳ በቀለ
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: June 13, 1982 in Bekojo, Oromiya, Ethiopia
Affiliations: Mugar AC
Country: ETH Ethiopia
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Tariku Bekele.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 2 Silver
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 1 Gold OR
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 1 Gold
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 1 Gold OR
2012 Summer 30 London Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 4

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) SP
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Ethiopia Final 2 13:14.59
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Ethiopia Round One Heat One 1 QU 13:21.16
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Ethiopia Final 1 OR 12:57.82 3
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Ethiopia Round One Heat Three 3 QU 13:40.13 5

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Ethiopia Final Standings 1 OR 27:05.10
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Ethiopia Final Standings 1 OR 27:01.17
2012 Summer 30 London Athletics Ethiopia Final Standings 4 27:32.44
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