MEN ELITE ATHLETES

Abel Kirui
KEN/1982
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The double World Marathon champion and Olympic Silver medalist is one of the most sparkling personalities you will meet in the international marathon running scene. During his career he won several marathons and finished top 3 on multiple occasions.

year event rank time
2018 Chicago Marathon 4th 2:07:07
2018 London Marathon 1st 2:07:07
2017 Chicago Marathon 2nd 2:09:48
2017 London Marathon 4th 2:07:45
2016 Chicago Marathon 1th 2:11:23
2017 World Cross Championships 2nd --
2016 Tokyo Marathon 5th 2:08:06
2015 Amsterdam Marathon 10th 2:10:55
2014 Amsterdam Marathon 6th 2:09:45
2014 Tokyo Marathon 10th 2:09:04
2012 Olympic Games Marathon 2nd 2:0827
2012 Londond Marathon 5th 2:07:56
2011 World Championships Marathon 1st 2:07:38
2010 New York Marathon 1st 2:13:01
2010 London Marathon 5th 2:08:04
2009 World Championships Marathon 1st 2:06:54
2009 Rotterdam Marathon 3rd 2:05:04
2008 Vienna Marathon 1st 2:07:38
2007 Berlin Marathon 2nd 2:06:51
2007 Vienna Marathon 2nd 2:10:41
2006 Singapore Marathon 3rd 2:15:22
Leonard Barsoton
KEN/1994
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Leonard made name by winning two silver medals in World Cross and an African Cross title. In recent years he switched to the roads proving to do well by lowering his PB to 59:09 this year in Valencia the 10th fastest time of 2019.

year event rank time
2019 Valencia Half Marathon 4th 59:09
2019 BIX 7 1st 32:34
2018 World Half Marathon Championships 12th 61:14
2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon 5th 59:28
2017 Kenyan World Championships Trials 10.000m 4th 27:47.4
2017 World Cross Championships 2nd --
2016 World Best 10k 2nd 27:42
2015 All African Games 10.000m 2nd 27:27.55
2015 Kenyan World Championships Trials 10.000m 5th 27:35.75
2015 World Championships Cross 5th --
2014 African Championships Cross 1st --
2013 World Cross Championships 2nd --
Tariku Bekele
ETH/1987
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An household name in the running circuit. Younger brother to the legendary Kenenisa Bekele. Tariku himself has had a distinctive career as well including World Championships titles and various medals at Olympics and World championships. In recent years he has made the step to marathon running trying to tackle the traditional distance.

year event rank time
2019 Seoul Marathon 6th 2:11:30
2018 Xiamen Marathon 2nd 2:11:29
2017 Chunchon Marathon 2nd 2:09:33
2014 Great North Run 4th 61:39
2013 Eugene Prefontaine 10.000m 12th 27:38.15
2012 San Silvestre Madrid 10km 1st 28:29
2012 Great South Run 10EM 3rd 46:45
2012 Birmingham 10.000m 2nd 27:03.24
2012 Olympic Games 10.000m 3rd 27:31.43
2012 Paris Diamond League 5.000m 7th 12:54.13
2011 Monaco Diamond League 5.000m 7th 12:59.25
2010 Zurich Diamond League 5.000m 1st 12:55.03
2010 Eugene Prefontaine 5.000m 1st 12:58.93
2010 Oslo Diamond League 5.000m 3rd 27:31.43
2012 Olympic Games 10.000m 2nd 12:53.97
2010 Rieti 3.000m 1st 7:28.70
2010 Berlin ISTAF 3.000m 1st 7:28.99
2008 Olympic Games 5.000m 6th 13:19.06
2008 World Indoor Championship 3.000m 1st 7:48.23
2007 World Championships 5.000m 5th 13:47.33
2006 World Junior Championships 5.000m 1st 13:31.34
2006 Rome Golden League 5.000m 04th 12:53.81
2006 Paris Golden League 4th 12:55.69
2006 World Athletics Final 3.000m 1st 7:38.98
2005 World Championships 5.000m 7th 13:34.76
2005 Paris Golden League 5.000m 4th 12:59.03
2004 World Junior Championships 5.000 3rd 13:30.86
2003 World Youth Championships 3.000m 2nd 7:54.71
Stanley Kebenei
USA/1989
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AAfter finishing college in the USA Stanley stayed there and connected to coach Scott Simmons of the American Distance Project. He now lives and trains full time in Colorado Springs. Until now his focus has been on 3000mst but at the 2020 US Marathon Trials Stanley wants to make his debut and have a shot at the US Olympic Marathon Team

year event rank time
2019 World Championships 3000mst 10th 8:11.15
2019 US Championships 3000mst 2nd 8:19.12
2019 US Half Marathon Championships 12th 61:57
2019 US Cross Championships 5th -
2019 US 15km Championships 3rd 43:42
2019 Cherry Blossom 10EM 4th 46:00
2017 World Championships 3000mst 5th 8:21.09
2017 Monaco Diamond League 3000mst 3rd 8:08.30
Filex Chemonges
UGA/1995
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Represents Prisons club in Uganda and finds among him trainingparters including World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich. Last October it was Filex who took Kiprotich his Ugandan Marathon record after running a strong 2.05 in Toronto breaking the NR by 1min and 21sec. Chemonges is so qualified and secured for the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo.

year event rank time
2019 Toronto Marathon 3rd 2:05:12 NR
2019 Zwolle Half Marathon 2nd 61:03
2019 Linz Marathon 2nd 2:09:19/td>
2018 Beirut Marathon 2nd 2:11:57
2018 Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships 5th 61:41
2018 World Championships Half Marathon 26th 62:10
2017 MTN Kampala Half Marathon 2nd 64:34
Bayelign Yegsaw
ETH/2000
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Made a strong impression in last year’s Kolkata 25km by finishing 2nd only 1 second by pre-race favorite Berhanu Legese.

year event rank time
2019 Ethiopian Trials 10.000m 21st 28:31.03
2019 Azkoitia Azpeitia Half Marathon 1st 60:31
2018 Kolkata 25km 2nd 1:15:48
2018 Marugame Half Marathon 5th 61:43
2017 World Junior Cross Championships 12th -
Daniel Chebii
KEN/1985
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Has a long history of producing good results on the roads, especially by winning and finishing top 3 often in the USA and CZE road racing circuits over the years. It’s the first time for him to tackle a distance longer than half marathon.

year event rank time
2019 Prague 10km 18th 29:08
2019 BAA Boston 10km 2nd 28:09
2018 BAA Boston Half Marathon 1st 63:08
2018 BAA Boston 10km 5th 28:47
2018 Honolulu Half Marathon 2nd 64:39
2017 BAA Boston 10km 1st 27:58
2017 Berlin Half Marathon 4th 61:49
2016 BAA Boston 10km 1st 27:55
2015 Prague 10km 1st 27:42
2015 Casablanca 10km 1st 228:20
2014 Berlin Half Marathon 5th 60:40
2013 Prague 10km 1st 27:35
2012 Ceske Budejovice 1st 59:49
Betesfa Getahun
ETH/1998
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Inspired by Kenenisa Bekele, the young Betesfa picked up running himself in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa back in 2011. Like his hero he first turned his attention to track but soon he changed to road running. In his down time he likes to watch football.

year event rank time
2019 Amsterdam Marathon 4th 2:05:28
2019 Lisbon Half Marathon 14th 60:57
2019 Valencia 10km 4th 27:39
2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 8th 60:48
2018 Copenhagen Half Marathon 11th 60:26
2018 Bogota Half Marathon 1st 65:10
2018 World Championships Half Marathon 6th 60:54
2018 Ethiopian Championships Half Marathon 2nd 61:33
2017 World Junior Championships Cross 4th -
2017 Heusden 5.000m 6th 13:13.23
Tsegay Tuemay
ERI/995
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Eritrea has brought some very big talents over the years in road racing. Tuemay is no different, winning road races often and running top 3 frequently. Tsegay trains in the Eritrean capital Asmara.

year event rank time
2019 Kosice Marathon 3rd 2:11:02
2019 Daegu Marathon 6th 2:09:07
2018 Guangzhou Marathon 4th 2:10:55
2018 Houston Half Marathon 9th 60:50
2017 Kolkata 25km 2nd 1:14:27
2017 San Diego Half Marathon 1st 1:01:38
2017 Hengshui Lake Marathon 5th 2:13.40
2016 Boston Half Marathon 3rd 1:03.29
2016 Yiwu Half Marathon 2nd 1:02.59
2015 Breda Half Marathon 2nd 1:01.39
2015 Asmara Half Marathon 5th 1:04:33
Ben Somikwo
UGA/1996
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A regular face in pacing various big city marathons for the first group at 2.06-.207 pace especially in the recent years.

year event rank time
2018 Le Lion Semi Marathon 2nd 62:13
2018 Gdynia Half Marathon 1st 63:32
2017 Madrid Half Marathon 3rd 61:54
2017 Ugandan Championships 10.000m 3rd 28:41.24
2016 Le Lion Semi Marathon 1st 63:34
2016 Santa Pola Half Marathon 3rd 61:52
2015 Reims Half Marathon 2nd 61:12
2015 Ugandan Championships 10.000m 1st 28:32.47
Desmond Mokgobu
ETH/1996
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Coached by Hendrick Ramaala the Mumbai Marathon Champion of the inaugural edition. Desmond has had a good career on his own, representing South Africa at various championships and winning big city races and marathons.

year event rank time
2019 World Championships Marathon 32nd 2:18:21
2019 Cape Town 10km 3rd 28:48
2019 South African Championships Half Marathon 6th 61:50
2019 Beppu Oita Marathon 9th 2:10:42
2018 Beppu Oita Marathon 1st 2:09:31
2017 World Championships Marathon 21st 2:16:14
2017 Rotterdam Marathon 12th 2:10:51
2016 Cape Town Marathon 6th 2:11:33
2015 Santiago de Chile Marathon 3rd 2:15:17
Faraja Damasi
TAN/1997
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Faraja was the main pacer in this year’s Mumbai Marathon by pushing the pace for the 1st group through 30km. Coached by Thomas John and training in Arusha, Tanzania.

year event rank time
2019 Safi Half Marathon 6th 62:20
2019 Mumbai Marathon pacer 1st group till 30km - -
Dagnachew Adere
ETH/1996
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year event rank time
2019 Great Ethiopian Run 10km 4th 29:14
2018 Lille Half Marathon 10th 62:50

WOMEN ELITE ATHLETES

Birke Debele
ETH/1995
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Birke Debele is an upcoming athlete from the group of Getaneh Tessema in Addis Ababa. She grew up in the Oromia region in a place called Wuchale. She is married but has no children and likes football. Her inspiration for running is fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba. She has only competed in one marathon so far, placing fifth in the Lagos Marathon. She competed in the Seven hills race 15k in the Netherlands in 2017 which she won, by beating world champion Rose Chelimo.

year event rank time
2019 Toronto Marathon 4th 2:23:19
2019 Riga Marathon 1st 2:26:18
2019 Mumbai Marathon 3rd/td> 2:26:39
2018 Hamburg Marathon 2nd 2:25:28
2018 Mumbai Marathon 4th 2:29:45
2017 Zevenheuvelenloop 15k 1st 48:52
2017 Lagos Marathon 5th 2:40:48
2016 Béjaïa Half Marathon 2nd 71:49
Failuna Matanga
TAN/1992
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After starting her career competing in Brazil for a couple of years, Failuna made her breakthrough this year. 2017 was a year full off highlights for the young Tanzanian runner competing in two world championships, making her marathon debut in Amsterdam and taking 3rd in the Kolkata 25km.

year event rank time
2019 Hamburg Marathon 3rd 2:27:55
2019 World Cross Championships 16th -
2019 Safi Half Marathon 1st 70:50 CR
2018 Kolkata 25km 3rd 1:27:45
2018 Cape Town Marathon 2nd 2:29:59
2018 Commonwealth Games 10.000m 12th 32:22.09
2018 Barcelona Half Marathon 5th 69:36
2017 Kolkata 25km 3rd 1:26:11
2017 Amsterdam Marathon 10th 2:34.12
2017 World Championships 10.000m 23rd 32:29.97
2017 FBK Games Hengelo 10.000m 9th 31:47.37
2017 TCS Bangalore 10km 7th 33:32
2017 World Championships Cross 16th -
Tejitu Daba
BRN/1991
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Ethiopian born Tejitu Daba competes for Bahrain and has won several medals at Asian championships for Bahrain. She ran 3000m, 5000m and 10.000m on the track for some years and made her road running debut in the 2015 TCS World 10k in Bangalore. This was the start of her road running career. She showed a good progression in 2017, running a personal best of 68:21 in the half marathon, followed by her marathon debut in Amsterdam.

Tejitu started running when she was inspired, she heard about the Dibabe sisters on the radio which inspired her to start running. Tirunesh Dibaba is her biggest example. Besides running, she likes to watch football. Tejitu is married to 2:05 marathoner Abera Kuma.

year event rank time
2019 Sydney Marathon 3rd 2:28:22
2018 Beijing Marathon 4th 2:28:50
2018 Barcelona Half Marathon 1st 68:36
2017 Amsterdam Marathon 8th 2:31:32
2017 Lille Half Marathon 3rd 68:21
2017 Madrid Half Marathon 1st 71:29
2016 Dam tot Damloop 10 miles 2nd 52:34
2014 Bilbao 3000m 1st 8:52.24
2013 FBK Games 5000m 9th 15:08.11
2013 Asian Championships 5000m 3rd -
2013 World Cross Country Championships 8th -
2012 Asian Indoor Championships 3000m 3rd -
2011 Pan-Arab Games 10.000m 1st -
2011 Asian Championships 5000m 1st -
Guteni Shone
ETH/1991
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year event rank time
2019 Lanzhou Marathon 2nd 2:30:40
2019 Sevilla Marathon 1st 2:24:28
2018 Lisbon Marathon 4th 2:31:41
2018 Seoul Marathon 7th 2:27:53
2017 Ottawa Marathon 1st 2:30:18
2017 Xiamen Marathon 4th 2:29:58
2016 Copenhagen Half Marathon 6th 70:23
2015 Seoul Marathon 1st 2:26:22
2015 Houston Marathon 2nd 2:23:32
2014 RAK Half Marathon 68:31 31:11
Nazret Weldu
ERI/1990
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Multiple Eritrean champion and record holder over various distances, Nazret is far ahead of any Eritrean distance women. She’s leading the charge which might lead to a movement of more great distance runners from the East African country.

year event rank time
2019 World Championships Marathon 23rd 2:53:45
2019 Gold Coast Marathon 3rd 2:28:57 NR
2019 World Cross Championships 27th -
2018 Beirut Marathon 2nd 2:29:48
2018 World Championships Half Marathon 26th 71:45
2017 Kolkata 25k 7th 1:27:47
2017 World Cross Championships 34th -
2016 Houston Half Marathon 6th 71:30
2016 Hengelo 10.000m 13th 32:58.28
2015 World Cross Championships 11th -
Sasho Insermu
ETH/1993
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year event rank time
2019 Madrid Marathon 1st 2:26:24
2019 Xiamen Marathon 2nd 2:27:42
2018 Amsterdam Marathon 2nd 2:23:28
2018 African Cross Championships 15th --
2017 Ljubljana Marathon 4th 2:30:03
2016 Ljubljana Marathon 1st 2:30:53
2016 Nagano Marathon 1st 2:34:19
2016 Marrakech Marathon 1st 2:32:41
2015 Hefei Marathon 4th 2:34:52
2015 Rabat Marathon 5th 2:34:02
2014 Cologne Marathon 1st 2:35:36
Desi Jisa
BRN/1997
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year event rank time
2019 World Championships Marathon 12th 2:43:19
2019 World Championships Cross 28th --
2019 Seoul Marathon 1st 2:23:44
2018 Amsterdam Marathon 4th 2:23:39
2018 World Championships Half Marathon 7th 68:10
2018 Dubai Marathon 8th 2:24:05
2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon 8th 69:07
2017 World Championships 10.000m 15th 31:55.34
2017 Hengelo 10.000m 7th 31:19.00
Tesfanesh Merga
ETH/1987
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year event rank time
2019 Kobe Marathon 3rd 2:31:43
2019 Sevilla Marathon 9th 2:33:01
2018 Poznan Marathon 1st 2:32:31
2018 Copenhagen Marathon 3rd 2:33:03
2018 Dubai Marathon 14th 2:32:47
2017 Toulouse Marathon 1st 2:35:31
2016 Mumbai Marathon 5th 2:36:16
2015 Dublin Marathon 3rd 2:34:44
CHALTU KEKABO
ETH/1998
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MAGDALENA SHAURI
TAN/1996
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