Think you can't run fast because you are too short? Check out the stats on 5K and 10K world record holder Kenensia Bekele-
In addition to his 2 Olympic gold medals from Bejing, he also owns a gold (10K) and silver (5K) from Athens. Bekele won three consecutive World Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 (2003-07) and the 3000 meters at the 2006 World Indoor Championships. He owns world records in both the 5000 (12:37.35) and the 10,000 (26:17.53). Bekele has an astounding total of 11 world cross country gold medals- 6 at 12K and 5 at 4K. On the track, Bekele has never lost at 10,000 meters.
•Birth date: June 13, 1982
•Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
•World Championships: Six
By the way, Haile Gebrselassie, who holds the world record for the marathon, stands 5'5" tall.