|3000 Metres||7:30.36||Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim)||10 MAY 2013|
|5000 Metres||12:47.53||Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France)||06 JUL 2012|
|2000 Metres||5:04.23||Boston (Reggie Lewis), MA||02 FEB 2013|
|3000 Metres||7:32.87||Boston (Reggie Lewis), MA||02 FEB 2013|
|2016||7:30.45||Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France)||27 AUG|
|2015||7:38.08||Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim)||15 MAY|
|2013||7:30.36||Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim)||10 MAY|
|2016||13:00.20||Somerville (Dilboy Stadium), MA||17 JUN|
|2015||12:54.70||Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion)||11 SEP|
|2014||13:06.88||Shanghai (SS)||18 MAY|
|2013||12:55.73||Roma (Stadio Olimpico)||06 JUN|
|2012||12:47.53||Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France)||06 JUL|
|2011||14:10.0||Addis Ababa||08 MAY|
|2013||5:04.23||Boston (Reggie Lewis), MA||02 FEB|
|2017||7:43.04||Boston (Reggie Lewis), MA||28 JAN|
|2014||7:34.13||Boston (Reggie Lewis), MA||08 FEB|
|2013||7:32.87||Boston (Reggie Lewis), MA||02 FEB|
|2012||7:44.08||Boston (Reggie Lewis), MA||04 FEB|
|IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014||5||7:56.34||Sopot (Ergo Arena)||09 MAR 2014|
|7th IAAF World Youth Championships||5||7:45.11||Lille||10 JUL 2011|
|The XXXI Olympic Games||3||13:04.35||Rio de Janeiro (Estádio Olímpico)||20 AUG 2016|
|15th IAAF World Championships||3||13:51.86||Beijing (National Stadium)||29 AUG 2015|
|14th IAAF World Championships||2||13:27.26||Moskva (Luzhniki)||16 AUG 2013|
|The XXX Olympic Games||11||13:49.59||London (Olympic Stadium)||11 AUG 2012|
|IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2015||4||35:15||Guiyang (Qingzhen)||28 MAR 2015|
|40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2013||1||21:04||Bydgoszcz (Myslecinek Park)||24 MAR 2013|
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Update 15 August 2013
Hagos Gebrhiwet Berhe , Ethiopia (3000m,5000m)
Born: 11 May 1994, Atsbi-Wonberta, Tigray region, Ethiopia
Lives: Addis Ababa
Height: 1.73m / Weight: 55kg
Club: Mesfin Industrial Engineering (National team)
Coach: Hussein Shibo, Dr. Yilma Berta (National team) Kasshu Gebre-egziabher
Manager: Mark Wetmore (Elias Kebede, repesentative in Ethiopia)
Better than Kenenisa Bekele? That’s the question that was being asked about Hagos Gebrhiwet, after the Ethiopian claimed one of the most stunning victories ever seen in the Men’s Junior race at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships in March at the age of 18.
After school, the young Hagos would first go to their football field to play football with his village friends: “When I played football in my village, I was fast and was a good attacker. Some of my friends said to me, why not become an athlete? When I did athletics in my school it was just in order to pass my exams.” That didn't stop him easily winning his school competition.
When he was 15 years-old, Hagos' successful results earned him the right to start representing his district at the Schools Regional Competition over 5000m. Hagos became convinced that athletics would be his future career, but not everyone was so sure: "When I decided to stick with athletics, my family initially disagreed and said I should only focus on education. I didn’t want to refuse their idea, so I said okay, but I ran discreetly.” However, he wasn't able to keep his athletics career hidden from his family for long.
Hagos then returned to Ethiopia for the 29th Jan Meda International Cross Country race in Addis Ababa, placing fourth over eight kilometres in 26:30.82.
He had earned a spot on the Ethiopian team for the African Cross Country Championships, in Cape Town, South Africa where he finished fourth in the junior eight kilometre race.
Two weeks later Hagos was back in the USA for the Carlsbad 5km road race in California. There he finished second to Dejen Gebremeskel, but it was Hagos' time that caught everyone's attention: 13:14 minutes was the fastest 5km road time ever for a junior athlete.
It was enough to convince Ethiopia's Olympic selectors to include him in the team for the London Games.
Seven months after he crossed the finish line in 5th place, Hagos commented that: “After the Paris Diamond League race, I had a problem with my right heel and it stopped me showing my full speed. I couldn't accelerate and so I went backwards in the final lap. However, I am not so disappointed, as I am young and I learned a lot from the experience.”
Three months later, Hagos was fully fit again and proved it by winning the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa.
However, Hagos’ all-conquering form ended in Rome. “I was a good condition. After the pacemaker dropped out no body want to come in front, then I started to lead but in the final lap I couldn’t change my gear. That was my fault, but I didn't disappoint,” said Hagos after he finished second over 5000m to Ethiopian compatriot Yenew Alamirew in Rome.
Hagos, like everyone else, had been left behind in the meteor trail left by Mo Farah in the 5000m final at the London Olympics. However, an opportunity came to exact some revenge in front of the British Olympic champion’s own home supporters at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix Diamond League stop in Birmingham. However, there was to be no such satisfaction, as Hagos and Yenew were both beaten again; Hagos finishing third to Yenew’s second behind the increasingly-dominant Farah. “I made a mistake like a novice athlete. I was all over the place during the race. With 3 laps left, Mo wanted to go in front, but I didn't let him run in front of me. He was not happy about it, but 100m later, I lost all my energy and Mo and Yenew then went fast. I learned something from that race.” Such an ability to analyse and learn will surely augur well in the future.
After Moscow, Hagos says he plans to finish this year top of the 5000m Diamond Race – with just 2 pts separating Hagos Gebrhiwet & Yenew Alamirew, the destinations of the diamonds will be decided at the final Diamond League meeting in Brussels.
Looking at his progress, Hagos observes: “I never think about my time, not the race itself. I would like to be the successor to Kenenisa Bekele and I would like to break his World Record. Once I have achieved that, I would like to move to 10,000m.”
3000m: 7:30.36 (2013) 7:32.87i WJR (2013) O
5000m: 12:47.53 WJR (2012)
5km: 13.14 (2012)
10km: 27.57 (2011)
3000m: 2011: 7:45.11; 2013: 7:30.36 2012: -/7:44.08i; 2013: 7:32.87i WJR
5000m: 2011: 14:10.0hA; 2012: 12:47.53 WJR; 2013: 12:55.73
Ethiopian Championships, Addis Ababa (5000m)
IAAF World Youth Championships, Lille (3000 m)
African Cross Country Championships, Cape Town (Junior race)
Olympic Games, London (5000m)
IAAF World Cross Country Championships (8km Junior race)
Note on Ethiopian names: Ethiopians are customarily referred to by first name only, or first and second name together, the second name being the father's first name.
(The grandfather’s first name is sometimes added as a third name, and is optional in much the same way that a Western middle name is frequently omitted; however, it is mandatory on all new Ethiopian passports.)
Prepared by Haimanot Turuneh Torode for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2012-2013.