In 2003 Gezahegne Abera and his wife fellow Ethiopian athlete Elfenesh Alemu tied the know in a national celebration seen across Ethiopia. Gezahegne Abera was the 2000 Sydney Olympics Marathon champion. Elfenesh herself had won the Nagano Marathon also in 2000, and the two sweethearts are beloved Ethiopian heroes. The bride and groom were literally shipped across Addis Ababa in glamourous fashion before a lovely ceremony at Addis Ababa stadium. In attendance were many Ethiopian celebrities such as Haile Gebreselassie singer Tilahun Gessesse and others. Kenyan athlete and friend of Ethiopia Paul Tergat also showed up. They have been married for 9 years now. May God grant these heroes many more years of happiness!