MEN ELITE ATHLETES

Cosmas Lagat
KEN/1990
2:08:14

Cosmas is from Kipsangui village (near Eldoret). He has one brother. He started running at school because he had passion for running. He is the defending champion from 2019 Tata Mumbai Marathon which he won in an impressive way by running away from the pack at around 30km. Cosmas is married and expecting a daughter in April. He’s coach by former marathon great James Kwambai and trains with the likes of Lawrence Cherono.

year event rank time
2019 Mumbai Marathon 1st 2:09:15
2018 Gunsan Marathon 4th 2:11:35
2017 Guangzhou Marathon 4th 2:10:40
2016 Sevilla Marathon 1st 2:08:14
2015 Ljubljana Marathon 9th 2:20:30
2014 Sevilla Marathon 1st 2:08:33
Ayele Abshero
ETH/1990
2:04:23

Ayele first made name by finishing 4th in the Great Ethiopian Run in 2007 showing he is a promising youngster. In 2008 he continued doing well taking a medal at the World Junior Cross Championships in muddy Edinburgh. He really had a breakthrough run that year by beating Ethiopian long distance legend, Kenenisa Bekele, at the 15km road race Sevenhillsrun in Holland. From there it went upwards and onwards, making his debut by winning Dubai Marathon in a blistering 2.04.23 (still his PB) in 2012. He competed well in a couple of World Major Marathons. Since some years he is coached by his older brother Tessema Abshero (a former marathon runner himself who set his PB 2.08.26 in Hamburg Marathon 2008).

year event rank time
2019 Hamburg Marathon 2nd 2:08:26
2018 Ljubljana Marathon 4th 2:09:12
2018 Hamburg Marathon 3rd 2:07:19
2018 Xiamen Marathon 3rd 2:11:33
2017 Geongju Marathon 4th 2:08:37
2015 Geongju Marathon 3rd 2:08:53
2014 London Marathon 4th 2:06:31
2013 Chicago Marathon 6th 2:10:10
2013 London Marathon 3rd 2:06:57
2012 Dubai Marathon 1st 2:04:23
2011 City Pier City Half Marathon 4th 59:42
2009 World Junior Cross Championships 1st --
2008 World Junior Cross Championships 2nd --
Abera Kuma
ETH/1990
2:05:50

Abera has a strong background in track and field. In his career on the track he run impressive PB’s including 13:00 for 5.000m and 26:52 for 10.000m, he also managed to finish 5th twice at the World Championships for senior and won the African Junior Championships 5.000m back in 2009. He is married to Tejitu Daba who is also competing in Mumbai Marathon.

year event rank time
2019 Toronto Marathon 6th 2:09:14
2019 Ottawa Marathon 2nd 2:08:14
2019 Mumbai Marathon 7th 2:13:10
2018 Rotterdam Marathon 2nd 2:05:50
2018 Lake Biwa Marathon 5th 2:09:31
2017 Valencia Marathon 4th 2:06:44
2016 Amsterdam Marathon 10th 2:07:48
2015 Chicago Marathon 9th 2:13:44
2015 Rotterdam Marathon 1st 2:06:47
2014 Berlin Marathon 3rd 2:05:56
2014 Dubai Marathon 10th 2:09:53
2013 World Championships 10.000m 5th 27:25,27
2013 Sollentuna 10.000m 2nd 26:52,85
2012 Great Birmingham Run 2nd 60:19
2011 World Championships 5.000m 5th 13:25,50
Dawit Wolde
ETH//1991
2:06:18

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year event rank time
2019 Frankfurt Marathon 2nd 2:07:10
2019 Prague Marathon 2nd 2:06:18
2019 Hong Kong Marathon 2nd 2:11:11
2018 KBC Nacht van de Atletiek Heusden 5.000m 3rd 13:10.65
2018 CPC Half Marathon 9th 62:05
2017 KBC Nacht van de Atletiek Heusden 5.000m 2nd 13:10.13
2017 Egmond Half Marathon 1st 62:41
2016 Olympic Games Semi Final 1.500m 10th 3:41:42
2016 KBC Nacht van de Atletiek Heusden 1.500m 4th 3:33.98
2015 Marrakech Marathon 4th 2:10:04
2015 KBC Nacht van de Atletiek Heusden 1.5000m 5th 3:35.87
2014 Enschede Marathon 2nd 2:10:42
2013 Doha Diamond League 1.500m 11th 3:34.64
2013 Prefontaine Eugene 1EM 13th 3:54.51
2012 FBK Games Hengelo 1.500m 5th 3:33.82
2012 Egmond Half Marathon 1st 60:46 CR
2011 Oordegem 1.500m 1st 3:34.13
Abraham Girma
ETH/1986
2:06:48

Abraham Girma has had a great 2017 winning Metz and Castéllon marathon, two slow and tough races after being injured for almost a year after the Mumbai Marathon in early 2016. He now needs to make the next step in a faster marathon so that he can get back to his 2012 level of competition.

year event rank time
2017 Metz Marathon 1st 2:12:27
2017 Geneve Marathon 4th 2:16:43
2017 Castéllon Marathon 1st 2:12:18
2016 Mumbai Marathon 12th 2:16:30
2015 Linz Marathon 3rd 2:13:02
2014 Seoul Dong-A Marathon 14th 2:15:44
2013 Paris Marathon 8th 2:08:19
2012 Amsterdam Marathon 5th 2:06:48
Daniel Kibet
KEN/1996
2:06:49

Daniel is born in Marakwet in a family of 6 sisters and 4 brothers. Two of his brothers are young upcoming runners as well. He now trains in a Kapsabet coached by Lawrence Saina with the likes of Dickson Chumba, Stanley Biwott among others. After training he does dairy farming as a hobby/business and likes to watch Formula 1.

year event rank time
2019 Istanbul Marathon 1st 2:09:44
2019 Buenos Aires Marathon 3rd 2:06:52
2019 Sevilla Marathon 5th 2:06:49
2018 Rotterdam Marathon 8th 2:11:13
Robert Kipkemboi
KEN/1988
2:07:09

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year event rank time
2019 Seoul Marathon 5th 2:07:09
2019 Xiamen Marathon 8th 2:15:02
2018 Gyeongju Marathon 3rd 2:09:24
2018 Linz Marathon 1st 2:10:23
2016 Singapore Marathon 5th 2:18:57
2016 Nairobi Marathon 1st 2:13:27
2016 Rome Marathon 7th 2:12:22
2015 Changsha Marathon 1st 2:16:40
2015 Padova Marathon 1st 2:09:32
2014 Castellon Marathon 3rd 2:12:03
Vincent Rono
KEN/1990
2:07:10

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year event rank time
2019 Ljubljana Marathon 3rd 2:08:06
2019 Rotterdam Marathon 5th 2:07:10
2018 Eindhoven Marathon 3rd 2:07:50
2018 African Championships 10.000m 4th 29:14.52
2018 Kenyan Championships 10.000m 1st 28:17.24
2017 Lille Half Marathon 1st 59:27
2017 Daegu Marathon 4th 2:10:23
2017 World Cross Championships 7th -
2017 Kenyan Cross Championships 4th -
Birhanu Teshome
ETH/1997
2:08:20

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year event rank time
2019 Lisbon Marathon 7th 2:09:28
2019 Rome Marathon 5th 2:10:31
2019 Dubai Marathon 8th 2:08:20
2018 Rennes Marathon 5th 2:09:54
2018 Paris Marathon 10th 2:09:59
2018 Dubai Marathon 10th 2:10:27
2017 Rennes Marathon 2nd 2:09:46
2017 Linz Marathon 5th 2:19:19
2016 Hefei Marathon 2nd 2:09:05
Shumet Akalnew
ETH/1988
2:08:50

Shumet was born in Wollega, Oromia region in Ethiopia. He started running in elementary school with Kenenisa Bekele as his example. Apart from running he likes table tennis. Shumet says his 2nd place in Mumbai Marathon last year changed his life.

year event rank time
2019 Kosice Marathon 2nd 2:10:51
2019 Mumbai Marathon 3rd 2:10:14
2018 Kosice Marathon 3rd 2:08:50
2018 Paris Marathon 11th 2:10:15
2018 Mumbai Marathon 2nd 2:10:00
2017 Hengshui Marathon 4th 2:13:18
2015 Odense Marathon 2nd 2:10:52
2015 Zurich Marathon 13th 2:17:54
Merhawi Kesete
ERI/1986
2:09:06

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year event rank time
2019 Xiamen Half Marathon 1st 62:34
2019 Linz Marathon 1st 2:09:06
2018 Taipei Marathon 3rd 2:17:01
2016 Amsterdam Marathon 16th 2:13:39
2016 Hamburg Marathon 5th 2:12:21
2015 Hamburg Half Marathon 1st 60:52
2015 Usti Nad Labem Half Marathon 1st 60:58
Felix Kimutai
KEN/1989
2:09:23

Felix is born in Nandi North district, he’s a father of one. Momentarily he’s building his new house in Kapsabet, where he also trains under the guidance of former marathoner Lawrence Saina. Among his training partners there are some big names such as Dickson Chumba, Stnaley Biwot among others. Felix is known by the nickname “the Ethiopian” because of his brown skin colour.

year event rank time
2019 Istanbul Marathon 4th 2:10:50
2019 Dongying Marathon 1st 2:09:23
2018 Istanbul Marathon 1st 2:09:57
2018 Warszawa Marathon 2nd 2:11:41
2017 Buenos Aires Marathon 2nd 2:11:36
2017 Warszawa Marathon 1st 2:10:34
2016 Cannes Marathon 2nd 2:11:14
2016 Linz Marathon 3rd 2:12:28
Jackson Kiprop
UGA/1986
2:09:32

Jackson Kiprop came into the spotlights in India in 2013. He started the Mumbai marathon as a pace maker but finished the race and won in a new course record. The course record of 2:09:32 is still the course record in Mumbai. He represented Ugandan in several international championships including World Marathon Championships and the Olympic Games. He so far won 2 marathons in his life.

year event rank time
2019 Taiyuan Marathon 6th 2:11:30
2019 Nagano Marathon 1st 2:10:39
2019 Muscat Marathon 3rd 2:15:43
2018 Shanghai Marathon 9th 2:13:31
2017 Amsterdam Marathon 19th 2:12:45
2017 Rotterdam Marathon 16th 2:14:48
2016 Olympic Marathon 79th 2:22:09
2016 Boston Marathon 14th 2:24:44
2016 Mumbai Marathon 8th 2:14:54
2015 World Championships Beijing 10th 2:15:15
2015 Ribarroja Half Marathon 1st 63:12
2013 New York Marathon 7th 2:10:56
2013 World Championships Moscow 10th 2:12:12
2013 Göteborg Half Marathon 1st 63:13
2013 Mumbai Marathon 1st 2:09:32
2012 World Half Marathon Championships 7th 62:05
2012 Hyderabad 10k 3rd 28:16
Abdi Ali
BRN/1997
2:09:44

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year event rank time
2019 Rabat Marathon 5th 2:09:44
2018 Firenze Marathon 1st 2:11:32
2016 Asian Junior Championships Cross 1st -
Edwin Kiptoo
KEN/1987
2:10:17

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year event rank time
2019 Malaga Marathon 9th 2:19:29
2019 Madrid Marathon 4th 2:10:17
2017 Beyrouth Marathon 3rd 2:12:02
2016 Beyrouth Marathon 1st 2:13:19
2016 Brighton Marathon 3rd 2:11:24
2015 Toronto Marathon 8th 2:11:45
Faraja Damasi
TAN/1997
Debut

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 TCS Kolkata 25km 6th 1:14:57
2019 Safi Half Marathon 6th 62:20
2019 Mumbai Marathon pacer 1st group till 30km - -
Abiyot Abinet
ETH/1989
Debut

Abiyot lived and compete a couple of years for a Japanese corporate team.

year event rank time
2019 Kasama Ceramics Village Half Marathon 1st 61:46
2018 Osaka Corporate 5.000m 2nd 13:36.37
2018 Abashiri Hokuren 5.000m 2nd 13:37.23
2017 Machida 10.000m 2nd 27:37.62
2017 Yamaguchi Half Marathon 1st 61:21
2017 Konosu 5.000m 1st 13:30.10
2016 Abashiri Hokuren 10.000m 1st 27:45.04
2015 Konosu 5.000m 1st 13:22.42
2014 African Championships 1.5000m 9th 3:45.23
2014 Carquefou 1.500m 1st 3:34.97

WOMEN ELITE ATHLETES

Worknesh Alemu
ETH/1990
2:24:42

Worknesh trains in Sendafa area, north east of Addis Ababa. Her favourite training are long runs over dusty roads in an area south of Addis Ababa. In 2018 she managed to improve her PB twice both in Barcelona Marathon and Frankfurt Marathon. Last year she managed to be the surprise winner of the 2019 Mumbai Marathon.

year event rank time
2019 Amsterdam Marathon 6th 2:24:42
2019 Riga Marathon 2nd 2:27:38
2019 Mumbai Marathon 1st 2:25:45
2018 Frankfurt Marathon 12th 2:26:50
2018 Barcelona Marathon 3rd 2:28:19
2017 Kosice Marathon 4th 2:31:27
2017 Rabat Marathon 1st 2:30:04
2015 TCS Bangalore 10km 10th 33:54
Amane Beriso
ETH/1991
2:20:48

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year event rank time
2018 Toronto Marathon 6th 2:28:56
2018 Rome Ostia Half Marathon 4th 72:08
2017 Prague Marathon 2nd 2:22:15
2016 Boston Marathon 13th 2:39:38
2016 Dubai Marathon 2nd 2:20:48
2015 Warszawa Half Marathon 1st 70:54
2015 Rome Ostia Half Marathon 1st 68:43
2014 Copenhagen Half Marathon 1st 71:51
Rodah Jepkorir
KEN/1991
2:25:46

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year event rank time
2019 Macau Marathon 2nd 2:31:23
2019 Buenos Aires Marathon 1st 2:25:46
2019 Gold Coast Marathon 1st 2:27:56
2019 Enschede Marathon 2nd 2:27:38
2018 Lombok Marathon 2nd 2:42:35
2018 Dalian Marathon 3rd 2:32:54
2017 Macau Marathon 3rd 2:33:41
2017 Lagos Marathon 1st 2:37:52
2016 Kunming Marathon 1st 2:33:53
2016 Tianjin Marathon 1st 2:33:22
Sheila Jerotich
KEN/1989
2:26:06

Sheila is one of 4 sisters in her family. Her husband Edwin is a school teacher in Iten. She is a big fan of pop music (Taylor Swift) and her family are big Manchester United supporters. After races she likes to enjoy a steak as a treat for all the hard work she’s done leading up to the race.

year event rank time
2019 Warszawa Marathon 1st 2:26:06
2018 Honolulu Marathon 2nd 2:42:09
2018 Kosice Marathon 2nd 2:29:40
2018 Commonwealth Games Marathon 4th 2:36:19
2017 Kosice Marathon 1st 2:27:34
2017 Chongqing Marathon 3rd 2:28:53
Fantu Eticha
ETH/1987
2:26:14

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year event rank time
2019 Shanghai Marathon 6th 2:32:15
2019 Lanzhou Marathon 3rd 2:30:49
2019 Wuhan Marathon 1st 2:28:25
2019 Xiamen Marathon 3rd 2:29:55
2018 Mexico Marathon 2nd 2:40:24
2018 Hongkong Marathon 3rd 2:30:10
2017 Cape Town Marathon 5th 2:31:26
2017 Nagano Marathon 2nd 2:37:10
2016 Dongying Marathon 4th 2:32:32
2016 Xiamen Marathon 3rd 2:26:53
2015 Ottawa Marathon 9th 2:29:45
2015 Dubai Marathon 14th 2:26:14
2014 Toronto Marathon 5th 2:30:24
2014 Prague Marathon 2nd 2:27:31
2014 Dubai Marathon 7th 2:27:36
2013 Paris Marathon 6th 2:28:03
2013 Mumbai Marathon 4th 2:30:22
2012 Mumbai Marathon 6th 2:34:27
Askale Alemayehu
ETH/1996
2:27:32

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year event rank time
2019 Hengshui Marathon 2nd 2:27:32
2019 Dalian Marathon 5th 2:34:05
2019 Xiamen Marathon 5th 2:33:41
2018 Cape Town Marathon 5th 2:31:34
2018 Vienna Marathon 5th 2:32:47
2018 Hongkong Marathon 7th 2:33:55
2017 Sydney Marathon 4th 2:30:52
2017 Chongqing Marathon 4th 2:29:53
2016 Shanghai Marathon 5th 2:29:01
2016 World Half Marathon Championships 24th 72:28
2016 Madrid Marathon 1st 2:33:08
2015 Libreville Marathon 1st 2:48:09
Motu Megersa
ETH/1994
2:27:48

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year event rank time
2019 Dublin Marathon 1st 2:27:48
2017 Geneva Maraton 1st 2:40:46
2016 Dublin Marathon 4th 2:36:25
2016 Barcelona Marathon 3rd 2:32:07
2014 Venice Marathon 2nd 2:52:19
Tejitu Daba
BRN/1991
2:28:50

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 who is also competing in Mumbai Marathon.

year event rank time
2019 Tata Steel Kolkata 25km 3rd 1:24:32
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 -
Almaz Negeda
ETH/1987
2:30:31

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Meseret Gebre
ETH/1993
2:33:29

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year event rank time
2019 Seville Marathon 11th 2:38:28
2018 Valencia Marathon 11th 2:34:40
2017 Riga Marathon 3rd 2:33:29
Maeregu Hayelom
ETH/1999
2:42:49

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year event rank time
2019 Minsk Half Marathon 2nd 72:18
2019 Gdynia Half Marathon 2nd 72:42
2018 Warszawa Half Marathon 3rd 70:52
2017 Odense Marathon 2nd 2:42:49
Haven Hailu
ETH/1998
Debut

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year event rank time
2019 Zwolle Half Marathon 2nd 69:57
2019 Paris Marathon Pacer till - -
2019 Egmond Half Marathon 1st 74:51