Hicham el Guerrouj was born on the 14th of September 1974 in Berkane, Morocco; he was more commonly known as the “King of the Mile”.
Hicham el Guerrouj is Moroccan former middle distance runner. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in 1500 meters and 5000 meters. He also won four times in World Champion in the 1500 meter, and a three-time indoor World Champion in the 1500 meters and 3000 meters. He holds five world records in the 1500 meter (3:26, 3:31.18i), the mile (3:43.13, 3:48.45i), and the 2000m (4:44.79).
Olympic Games• 2004 Athens - 1500 m - Gold • 2004 Athens - 5000 m - Gold • 2000 Sydney - 1500 m - Silver
World Championships• 1997 Athens - 1500 m - Gold • 1999 Sevilla - 1500 m - Gold • 2001 Edmonton - 1500 m - Gold • 2003 Paris - 1500 m - Gold • 1995 Gothenburg - 1500 m - Silver • 2003 Paris - 5000 m - Silver
World Indoor Championships• 1995 Barcelona - 1500 m - Gold • 1997 Paris - 1500 m - Gold • 2001 Lisbon - 3000 m - Gold
Hicham is the only man to have won back-to-back athlete of the year award in track and field. He had earned it by winning more than 20 consecutive races from 2001 to 2002. He also had won 84 of his 89 races at the 1,500 meters and mile prior to his gold medal he had won in Athens.
Hicham was awarded as the “Cordon de Commandeur” by King Mohammad IV of Morocco and the Prince of Asturias Award in 2004. He currently ranked the 12th on the list of Best Olympic Distance Performers ever. According to BBC, Hicham is one of the all-time greats as he outclassed the opposition to win his fourth consecutive 15000 meters world title.