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GEBRESSELASSIE Haile (1973), Ethiopia / Track and field
World Champion in 93, 95 and 97 for 10.000 m, Vice Champion in 93 of the 5000 m, this Ethiopian is one of the greatest long distance of the 1990's. In Atlanta he won the gold medal for 10.000 m, but missed that for 5000 m. It is one of the characteristic features of this champion that he looks after himself never forces fate but shows himself to be a formidable worker.. His life story is the subject of a recent film by the producer Terence Mallick called Endurance. A sequel should now be made. It would take place at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, where Gebresselassie was able to defend his 10,000 metres title despite being injured. Although the race was dominated by Kenyan runner Paul Tergat, whom he had beaten in Atlanta, Gebresselassie was able to snatch victory in the final metres through a sprint finish.In Ethiopia he fights against poverty and promotes the education of younger generations. He is a United Nations development ambassador. In the sporting arena, Gebresselassie is expected to move to the marathon, where other Ethiopians, such as Abebe Bikila and Mamo Wolde, have made their mark.
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