Haile Gebrselassie: Career in pictures

Ethiopian long-distance track and road athlete Haile Gebrselassie has announced his retirement from competitive running. The 42-year-old confirmed his decision after the Greater Manchester Run on Sunday.

In one of the most successful running careers of all time, over the past 25 years Gebrselassie amassed 27 world records, two Olympic medals and eight world titles.

We've trawled the archives to find some of the career highs and lows faced by the world's greatest distance runner, to relive the moments that made Gebrselassie the running legend he is today.

World Junior Championships, Seoul (1992)

Gebrselassie first made his mark in the World Junior Championships, taking gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000m.

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Weltklasse meet, Zurich (1995)

At the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Gebrselassie set a new 5,000m world record of 12:44:39, smashing the existing record set two-years earlier by Moses Kiptanui by a staggering 11 seconds.

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Atlanta Olympic Games (1996)

Gebrselassie won his first Olympic gold in the 10,000m, setting a new Olympic record with a time of 27:07:34.

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Sydney Olympic Games (2000)

In a hard fought race to the finish line with Kenyan athlete Paul Tergat, Gebrselassie triumphed and took home his second Olympic 10,000m gold.

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Athens Olympic Games (2004)

It was third time unlucky for Gebrselassie in Athens after an Achilles injury stopped him picking up a third 10,000m gold. He finished fifth in the race and left track competition to focus on the marathon.

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London Marathon (2006)

Haile finishes ninth in his second London Marathon after being tipped as favourite - he described it as "the worst race of my career".

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Berlin Marathon (2006 - 2009)

Gebrselassie wins the Berlin Marathon four years running, setting marathon world records in 2007 and 2008.

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Dubai Marathon (2008)

Winning his first of three Dubai marathons in January - the world's richest race. Haile won a whopping $250,000 USD - double the largest prize offered by any other race at the time.

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Great North Run, Gateshead (2010)

Gebrselassie's first attempt at the Great North Run resulted in an emphatic win ahead of Kenya's Kiplimo Kimutai.

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New York City Marathon (2010)

At the ING New York City Marathon Gebrselassie pulled out at mile 16 due to a knee injury and shortly afterwards announced his retirement from racing to the shocked press corps.

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Vienna City half marathon (2013)

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Gebrselassie retracted his decision and went on to run competitively for five more years with varying degrees of success, including winning the open field of the Vienna City half marathon with a time of 01:01.14 in 2013.

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Ethiopia (2015)

Earlier this year our very own Commissioning Editor Kerry McCarthy shared a whiskey with the running legend - a defining moment in both their careers, we're sure.