Known as the “King of the Mile” in his day, Hicham El Guerrouj is a former Moroccan middle distance runner who currently holds the 1500 metres, mile and outdoor 2000 metres world records, as well as a double Olympic gold medalist.
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An Ethiopian long distance track, road and marathon athlete, Derartu Tulu is the first Ethiopian woman to win a gold medal which she won in the 10,000m event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
A former Ethiopian athlete Miruts Yifter is the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Ethiopian Abebe Bikila was the first Sub-Saharan African to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon event of the 1960 Summer Olympics with a record time of 2:15:16.2.
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