Kenenisa Bekele was born in 1982 at Bekoji, in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, where many talented athletes come from.
The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON represents for me the right opportunity to attack the official world record.” At the age of 32 Eliud Kipchoge can look back on a long and successful career as a long distance runner.
He won the world 5,000m title in 2003, silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Games over the same distance in 20 respectively and is the reigning Olympic Marathon champion, thanks to his victory in Rio in 2016.
For good measure, he also holds the world records for 5 and 10,000m. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 24 will be his eighth following his winning debut in Paris with , then Chicago (4th in ), a dnf in Dubai in 2015, London in 2016 (3rd in ), Berlin 2016 (1st in ), another dnf in Dubai 2017 and London (2nd in ) in 2017.
Many experts consider Kenenisa Bekele’s achievements in the long distances have earned him the distinction of being the greatest all-round runner of all time.
Having also won the 10,000m in Athens in 2004, Bekele already stands alongside Viren, the Czech Emil Zatopek and his Ethiopian compatriot Haile Gebrselassie as one of four men to have retained that crown.