Kenenisa Bekele set the world record for the 5000 meter, at 12 minutes and 37.35 seconds. The Ethiopian set the record, in 2004, at Hengelo, Netherlands.
As of 2015, Bekele has the world record for the 5000 and 10,000 meter. He is a three-time Olympic champion and considered one of the best male distance runners in history. Bekele was born, in 1982, in Ethiopia and has an array of gold world championship medals. He is renowned for the ability to sprint quickly at the end of a race. Bekele was the first man to win both the 5000 and 10,000 meter titles at the same championship, in 2009.