Kenenisa Bekele

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Date of Birth June 13, 1982
Place of Birth Ethiopia
Age 38 years old
Horoscope Gemini

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Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele is an Ethiopian long-distance runner and the current world record and Olympic record holder in both the 5000-metre and 10,000-metre events. He won the gold medal in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m events at the 2008 Summer Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics he won the gold medal in the 10,000 m and the silver medal in the 5000 m. He is the most successful runner in the history of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, with six long course and five short course titles. He won the 10,000 m title at the World Championships in Athletics in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. Kenenisa was unbeaten over 10,000 m from his debut in 2003 until 2011, when he failed to finish at the World Championships final. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he became the first man to win both 5000 m and 10,000 m title at the same championships. Over 5000 m he has also won an Olympic silver, World Championship bronze, two African Championship titles and one All-Africa Games gold medal.

Sport: Track, Long-distance running
Event(s): 5000 metres, 10,000 metres, marathon
Team: NN Running Team
Personal best(s): Indoor 2000 m: 4:49.99i WR (Birmingham 2007), 3000 m: 7:25.79 (Stockholm 2007), Indoor 2-Mile: 8:04.35i NR (Birmingham 2008), 5000 m: 12:37.35 WR (Hengelo 2004), Indoor 5000 m: 12:49.60 WR (Birmingham 2004), 10,000 m: 26:17.53 WR (Brussels 2005), Marathon: 2:01:41 NR (Berlin 2019)

About Kenenisa Bekele

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.

Before Fame

He broke the 3,000 meter junior world record at age 19.


He won 5 World Championship gold medals between 2003 and 2009.

Family Life

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 .

Information related to Kenenisa Bekele

  • Olympic silver medalists for Ethiopia
  • Olympic gold medalists for Ethiopia
  • Berlin Marathon male winners
  • Paris Marathon male winners
  • Oromo people
  • Ethiopian male marathon runners
  • Ethiopian male long-distance runners
  • Olympic athletes of Ethiopia
  • Olympic gold medalists in athletics (track and field)
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Latest information about Kenenisa Bekele updated on October 21, 2020.

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