Ethiopians Dominate Long Distance Welcome! › Forums › Running Forum › Ethiopians Dominate Long Distance This topic contains 0 replies, has 1 voice, and was last updated by Ryan 13 years, 7 months ago. Author Posts December 30, 2004 at 5:51 pm #2103 RyanKeymaster Nairobi In the mid 1990’s, we were spoiled by a steady flow of new long distance world records thanks mainly to Haile Gebrselassie. But since he ran his 12:39 in 1998 no one – Haile himself included – has been really challenging that mark, with the closest margin being almost ten seconds away (Stephen Cherono 12:48 in 2003). It appeared that the 12:39.36 was an exceptional performance by an exceptional athlete that might stand for a very long time. Then along came Haile’s countryman Kenenisa Bekele and suddenly the record looked vulnerable. allAfrica.com Article Author Posts You must be logged in to reply to this topic.