Gebrselassie, Ethiopia‘s greatest distance runner, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
The Best Marathon Runner Awards was held in Athens, Greece the birth place of the Marathon.
Haile Gebrselassie comments: “I am very happy that AIMS and their members and sponsors have chosen to honour me in this way. I am looking forward to attending the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Dinner to spend a wonderful night with my friends in the marathon community in the home of the Marathon, Athens, Greece.”
AIMS President Paco Borao comments: “We are honoured to be able to recognise the achievements of Haile Gebrselassie and his unrivalled contribution to the Marathon Movement and world sport. Haile’s success has been an inspiration to so many throughout Africa and around the world and his dedication is an example we can all follow.”
He has been widely referred to as the greatest distance runner in history. AIMShas previously presented Haile with theAIMS World Athlete of the Year Award for three consecutive years; 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Born in Assela, Ethiopia in 1973, Haile first gained international attention when he won the 5000m and 10,000m races at the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea in 1992. He won two Olympic gold medals (both in the 10,000m) and won many marathons around the world. He also has an impressive collection of gold medals from indoor and outdoor World Championships in Athletics. Throughout his career he has set World Records at a variety of distances from two miles to the marathon.