Haile Gebreselassie, runner

Haile Gebreselassie

The Olympic gold medallist runner and winner of 26 world records, Haile Gebreselassie, believes that an important part of sport is hard work.

Raise Your Game: You are an amazing inspiration to people. What keeps you going?

Haile Gebreselassie Oh, thank you. I'm always just running hard and doing things properly. I look forward and do my best.

RYG: You must put so much hard work into this?

HG: Yes no question about that. The most important part of sport is hard work - that's why I'm always doing ok.


Haile Gebreselassie

5,000m, 10,000m and marathon


  • Two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000)
  • Four World Championship gold medals (1993, 1997, 1999,2003)
  • Two World Championship silver medals (1993, 2003)
  • World Championship bronze medal (2001)
  • Winner of the Great Manchester Run (2005, 2009,2010)
  • Winner of the Fukuoka Marathon (2006)
  • Winner of the Amsterdam Marathon (2005)
  • Winner of the Berlin Marathon (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Winner of the Dubai Marathon (2009, 2010)

RYG: And you're loved here. The crowd absolutely love you...

HG: Well, you know, the crowd, especially here in London, you cannot see this anywhere - it's fantastic. It's not just because there are so many people, it's also the way they support us as athletes and sports people.

RYG: And they are as committed to you as you are to your sport.

HG: It's fantastic - you know I always want to come to London. When I was invited by the organiser here, I was so happy. I don't know why, maybe just because of the crowd and atmosphere.

RYG: And it's great to see all the young people here tonight who just want to see you.

HG: Really, really, they're calling me! It's like my home town. It's fantastic!

RYG: And memories here tonight?

HG: A lot - you know, this crowd is unforgettable.

RYG: Sport is such an important thing, but it's the way that you treat people as well.

HG: Absolutely. In sport, the most important part is to communicate, to make friendships, to make peace. By doing sport you can do everything.

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