In August 2001 he set a new 3000 metres world junior record, .67 minutes in Brussels.The record lasted for three and a half years, being broken by Augustine Choge with a run of .78 minutes.
He is the older brother of Tariku Bekele, also an accomplished world-class distance runner.
Kenenisa was born in 1982 at Bekoji, Ethiopia, the same town as the Dibaba sisters (Ejegayehu, Tirunesh and Genzebe) and their cousin Derartu Tulu.
A few weeks later he lost to fellow Ethiopian Markos Geneti over two miles.
In March, Kenenisa faced his toughest challenge yet.
Kenenisa was unbeaten over 10,000 m from his debut in 2003 until 2011, when he failed to finish at the World Championships final.
At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he became the first man to win both 5000 m and 10,000 m title at the same championships.
Kenenisa is considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time, owning several world records and an array of medals.
On 6 April 2014, he produced the sixth fastest marathon debut ever on a record eligible course with his victory at the Paris Marathon, in a course record time of .
In 2006 he won five out of six IAAF Golden League events (5000 m) in the same season, which earned him a total of US,333.
On 17 February 2007, he broke the indoor world record over 2000 m in Birmingham, with a time of .99.
Kenenisa Bekele (Amharic: ቀነኒሳ በቀለ; born 13 June 1982) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who holds the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events. He is the most accomplished runner in IAAF World Cross Country Championships history, with six long (12 km) course and five short (4 km) course titles.