Haile Gebrselassie at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
Ethiopia’s double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie will be recognized with an AIPS Power of Sport Award in the Olympic City of Lausanne on Sunday (30).
Gebrselassie, four times a world champion over 10,000m, rates his 5000m world record at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich in 1995 as his “most memorable achievement”. It was there he broke Kenya’s Moses Kiptanui’s record by almost 11 seconds with a time of 12:44.39.
That was just one of 27 world records set in Gebrselassie’s career, his most recent one being his 2:03:59 marathon world record, which has since been broken.
But his work off the track has been just as inspiring. A long-term campaigner in the fight against aids, Gebrselassie has worked closely with UNICEF to alleviate the suffering of the more than one million HIV/aids orphans in his homeland.
AIPS for the IAAF