You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that.

Life is a kind of struggle. Life is a sort of fight.

I love running and I will always run.

You lose the speed before the stamina.

When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.

Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.

I remember in particular my first victory when I achieved a very fast time in what were perfect conditions but since then the wind has always been a factor against me.

Like some high official, you have to tell your brain: 'Do it. Come on. I have to do it.'

Always, if you win mentally, you can win physically as well.

When we race in London a world record will be the last thing on our minds.

I have to change a lot of things before I become a good marathon runner.

When I wake up at 5 in the morning is it just to jog? Definitely not, I give it all of my efforts.

For me a day without training is like a day without eating.

When I had no shoes I was comfortable - I used to run barefoot.

When I wore shoes it was difficult. To run in shoes was ok, but at the beginning of my career it was hard.

I'm a runner first before anything else.

Athletes have to be confident and I am thinking like that.

When you promise something, you must fulfill it.

I haven't done a marathon for a long time. So we'll see. I will need good luck.

That is not enough. Sport has been great for me, a great learning place that if you want to achieve you can, even if you are from the poorest part of Africa.

Eradicate poverty. This is all that matters in my country. When I am out training I think about this a lot; when I am running it is going over in my mind. As a country we cannot move forward until we eradicate poverty.

At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes.

I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.

You know, I want to help my country. Definitely I can help them, simply by winning races. Sure, they can follow my path to a good career. But for me it is not enough. I want to be more than that. In everything I want to be a role model.

I'm lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife.

My father thought sport was something fun - he didn't know it was a way to make money. Then I won a Mercedes at the world championships and I gave it to him. From the moment it arrived my father said: 'Good, you can support not just yourself but me too'.

I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn't feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first.

This hand is not very active always, because it was in this hand that I carried my books. My carrying hand was always my strongest. Now I think my other hand has developed more muscles from signing all those autographs.

In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we'd have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge.

I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really.

He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick.

I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.

What can you do if a part of it is uphill? You can't work out another route.

You've just got to run the one they give you. But they tell me London is a nice course. Even the cobbles, I hope, are not very much of a problem for me.

I think if you come first with a new world record, that is the best.

This is what I wanted. They tell me that London is the best field in history. I wanted to be part of that. Because everyone will be there it will be a wonderful challenge for me. You can see the best runners, how they look, how they run. For me to beat the best is what counts.

Since I achieved something, running has exploded in my country.

For me sometimes it is difficult even to know who the athletes are who are competing at the highest level. There are thousands.

The labour of the farmers, no doubt is of greater value than the financial capacity of the government and non-government institutions which can only play a supportive role.

Thanks to the heroic sons and daughters of this country, who have paid sacrifices, we have been able to score a number of victories which are encouraging the nation-building process we are engaged in.

I wish to express my hope that the efforts of our nations, nationalities and peoples in the direction of the development of our democratic order will be successful.

Age for me is just a number.

If your body is damaged, wounded, it can be fixed, but if inside, mentally, you are wounded you cannot fix it, it's hard.

If you're planning only to make money and nothing else, you'll be broke.

If you are a really good marathoner, you have to run New York.

At the end of the day, people want to see how fast you run.

The marathon always starts after 30K.

That's where the problems start. You start without any problems, without any pain. All the pain comes after 30K. Sometimes, it's possible to have pain even in the finger.

If I don't train enough, of course I'm nervous.

I want to avoid injuries by running only road.

My father didn't think running was sensible. He told me running is just wasting time.

I was the kind of child who worked hard every day with the cows and sheep - I was a very aggressive boy.

I'm never satisfied.

Many people know that Ethiopia is poor.

When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can't make planes or cars, we don't have the materials. We do what we can.

I wanted to be famous. I wanted people to talk about me.

You must do as your people do. If my people are poor, I must be poor. People ask me, 'Why don't you find a personal coach or a private car?' I can't. Then I won't be part of my people.