Birhanu Legese has recorded some fast times for 10k and 5000m on the track. He ran a fast 27:34 in Morocco in 2013. In 2015 he made his half marathon debut in Berlin where he outsprinted the Kenyans and won in 59:45, which is one of the fastest times ever recorded by a debutant. Later that year he won Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in a trilling sprint against compatriot Mosinet Geremew, WR Holder Half Marathon Zersenay Tadesse and two strong of Kenya’s strong road racers both Edwin Kiptoo and Jonathan Maiyo. His 59.20 PB he set in Delhi that year also was the 3rd fastest time of 2015. Birhanu made his marathon debut in Dubai this year, clocking one of the fastest debuts ever.
|2018||TCS Bengaluru 10km||2nd||28:38|
|2017||Airtel Delhi half marathon||1st||59:46|
|2017||Dam tot Damloop 10EM||1st||45:38|
|2017||TCS Bangalore 10km||5th||28:36|
|2016||RAK Half Marathon||1st||60:40|
|2015||Airtel Delhi Half Marathon||1st||59:20|
|2015||Berlin Half Marathon||1st||59:45|
|2014||Diamond League Shanghai 5.000m||6th||13:08.88|
|2013||TCS World 10k Bangalore||3rd||28:16|
|2012||Great Ethiopian Run 10k||2nd||28:41|
Former 1.500m runner Eric Kiptanui is coached by Renato Canova. Under his guidens he realized early on in his career that he doesn’t have the real high speed to be a top competitor over 1.500m in the world. They therefore took 2 years of intense training focused on road races ultimately the half marathon distance which, since his impressive win and debut in Lisbon during a very windy half marathon proved to be a good decision. In Berlin he set the current 3rd fastest time of 2018 (and 6th all-time rankings).
|2018||Berlin Half Marathon||1st||58:42|
|2018||Lisbon Half Marathon||1st||60:05|
|2017||San Silvestre Madrid||1st||27:34|
|2017||Iten Cross Country||2nd||-|
|2016||African Championships 1.500m||7th||3:43.81|
|2016||Kenyan Championships 1.500m||3rd||3:37.73|
Training in Arusha with a small group of athletes Augustino started his career competing mostly in Brazil. In 2017 he made the step to compete in Europe and made his marathon debut in Amsterdam in a very good way qualifying himself for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Marathon. Unfortunately he was injured and didn’t make it to the CWG. He had a strong comeback in Toronto finishing 2nd in a new Tanzanian Record in only his 2nd marathon so far.
|2018||Toronto Marathon||2nd||2:07.46 NR|
|2017||Rio de Janeiro 10Km||3rd||29:42|
|2017||Jever Funlauf 10 Miles||2nd||47:32|
|2016||Brasilia Half Marathon||1st||1:03.43|
|2016||Brasilia Circuito Caixa 10km||1st||29:40|
Amos started training in 2010 when he was in primary school. His teacher told him he was talented, competing he was motivated by finish top 3 several times and he decided to focus on running but doing his studies besides as well. In 2013 he meet coach Claudio Bernadelli, who started to train more seriously with Amos and he started to focus on running solely. In 2014 he had a first shot at a race in Istanbul over 15km which he won. That was the start of his career and soon he turned to marathon running. He is married with his wife Janeth and together they have twin girls Joy an Joyline.
|2017||Göteborg Half Marathon||2nd||60:24|
|2017||Seoul International Marathon||1st||2:05:54|
Shumi Dechasa realized he was talented after running 20km between school and home every day and so he started running in 2005. He trains in the mountains around Addis Ababa. He made his marathon debut in the 2012 Hamburg marathon and was the winner of the 2014 edition in his current personal best. Shumi is married to marathon athlete Shitaye Eshete and has a brother who is also a runner. Shumi was inspired by watching Kenenisa Bekele run and trains together with Guye Adola. Apart from running Shumi likes horse riding and running a small poultry farm.
|2017||London World Championships||15th||2:15:08|
|2015||Beijing World Championships||5th||2:14:35|
Soft spoken and polite are two things which characterize Robert. Robert hails from a large family of talented runners, among them also World Junior Cross Champion Jacob Kiplimo. Robert is the first from the family to take up international running and stepped to marathon on a young age. He so far has been very successful doing so, winning 3 out of 5 marathons. Latest marathon victory was in Porto last November beating the Course Record.
|2018||MTN Kampala Half Marathon||1st||63:31|
|2018||Porto Marathon||1st||2:09:05 CR|
|2017||MTN Kampala Half Marathon||1st||64:31|
|2017||World Championships Marathon||43rd||2:21:24|
|2016||World Half Marathon Championships||21st||63:39|
|2015||World Junior Cross Championships||26th||-|
Samson comes from a big family with 5 brothers and 2 sisters. He is a found fan of Eritrean music and dance. Every Sunday morning, early in the morning he goes to church before starting his morning run. He’s also known for his cooking skills.
|2018||Boulder Bolder 10km||12th||29:42|
|2017||World Cross Country Championships||32nd||-|
|2017||Houston Half Marathon||6th||62:12|
|2016||World Half Marathon Championships||24th||64:03|
|2016||Houston Half Marathon||3rd||61:28|
|2015||All African Games Half Marathon||4th||64:14|
|2015||Prague Half Marathon||12th||61:20|
|2014||World Half Marathon Championships||8th||60:14|
Part of the Ugandan Police Force Club in Kapchorwa, Nathan is a close friend and training partner to the Ugandan National Recordholder Moses Kurong (59.50). Nathan represented the national team on one occasion in 2012 at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in the heat of Kavarna (Bulgaria) he managed to finish a strong 19th. Some years of injuries and no opportunities followed the tall Ugandan until 2017 when he got a chance back to race on the international stage by competing in France at the Le Lion Half Marathon in September finishing 4th.
|2018||Maputo Half Marathon||4th||63:09|
|2018||Azkoitia Azpeitia Half Marathon||7th||62:17|
|2017||Le Lion Half Marathon Belfort||4th||61:50|
|2017||Ugandan Championships 10.000m||5th||28:56,61|
|2013||Kigali Half Marathon||3rd||62:04|
|2012||World Half Marathon Championships||19th||63:54|
Fentahun trains close to the Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba. He trains in the Sendafa region at 2600m altitude. He set his half marathon PB back in 2015 during the Berlin half marathon. After that performance Fentahun suffered from some injuries which kept him out of competing for some time. Now he’s back training fully and looking forward to his return on the streets of Kolkata to tackle the 25km which will be his longest distance ever in competition.
|2017||Dam tot Damloop 10EM||8TH||46:33|
|2016||Yangzhou Half Marathon||6th||61:21|
|2015||All African Games Half Marathon||7th||65:27|
|2015||Berlin Half Marathon||6th||60:10|
|2015||Barcelona Half Marathon||5th||61:18|
|2014||Paderborn Osterlauf Half Marathon||1st||62:16|
|2018||Marugame Half Marathon||5th||61:43|
|2017||World Junior Cross Championships||12th||-|
Only little was known about Degitu, when she competed in 1st international competition a year ago in Kolkata. She surprised the world by defeating a talented field of seasoned and upcoming talent. She is training with Meseret Defar in Ethiopia for two years now and after her breakthrough win in December 2017 had a very strong 2018 campaign.
|2018||Bogota Half Marathon||3rd||74:51|
|2018||Gifu Half Marathon||1st||69:53|
|2018||RAK Half Marathon||6th||66:47|
|2017||Addis Ababa 5km||1st||15:54|
Florence Jebet Kiplagat is a Kenyan long-distance athlete. She is a two-time World Champion having won at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. In 2009 she ran 30.11 in a 10.000m race in the Netherlands, which is still the Kenyan national record. Florence Kiplagat won her debut marathon in Berlin in 2011 in a time of 2:19:44. She returned to the German capital in 2013 to win again.
In 2014 she shocked the world by smashing the World Record for the half marathon by 38 seconds and finished in 1:05:12. Only one year later she broke the Record again by running 1:05:09 in Barcelona.
|2017||Barcelona Half Marathon||1st||68:15|
|2015||Barcelona Half Marathon||1st||65:09 WR|
|2014||Barcelona Half Marathon||1st||65:12 WR|
|2013||Delhi Half Marathon||1st||68:00|
|2013||RAK Half Marathon||5th||67:13|
|2012||Eugene Diamond League 10.000m||2nd||30:24.85|
|2012||Rome-Ostia Half Marathon||1st||66:38|
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.
|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||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||-|
Younger sister to Internationally known marathoner Abera Kuma, Dibabe got her shot at an international career in 2015 winning her 1st international appearance in a 10km in Holland. Last year Dibaba also competed in Kolkata 25km finishing 4th.
|2018||Barcelona Half Marathon||2nd||68:37|
|2018||Dam tot Damloop 10EM||2nd||50:46|
|2017||Barcelona Half Marathon||2nd||1:09:49|
|2016||Paris Half Marathon||1st||1:09:18|
|2016||Kopenhagen Half Marathon||7th||1:10:47|
|2016||Barcelona Half Marathon||1st||1:09:19|
|2018||Stramilano Half Marathon||1st||67:54|
|2017||Karlovy Vary Half Marathon||2nd||68:40|
|2017||Yangzhou Half Marathon||1st||70:30|
|2015||Copenhagen Half Marathon||2nd||68:47|
|2018||Marugame Half Marathon||3rd||70:31|
|2016||Helong Half Marathon||4th||76:20|
|2017||Cross de l'Acier||9th||-|
Is married with Kenyan top athlete Simon Cheprot (6th World half 2016 and 59.20 half marathon runner) and is a mother to two children. Linet recent performances include a win in the competitive MTN Kampala half marathon which is run at high altitude and under hot and humid conditions.
|2018||MTN Kampala Half Marathon||1st||76:08|
|2018||Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships||4th||71:52|
|2018||African Cross Championships||14th||-|
|2015||Ugandan Championships 10.000m||3rd||34:34,72|
|2017||Commonwealth Games 10.000m||6th||32:41,95|
|2014||African Championships Cross||9th||-|
Hawi Megersa was born in Bekoji, Oromia region and she likes training on tarmac. A training that covers 20km at 2600m altitude in Sendafa, close to Addis Abeba. Her inspiration and hero is Tirunesh Dibaba. Hawi has 4 sisters and two brothers and her younger sister is also an athlete. In 2018 she ran a half marathon pb in Egmond half marathon, a tough race with 7km over the beach. She improved by over 2 minutes in Azkoitia 2 months later.
|2018||Madrid Half Marathon||3rd||73:07|
|2018||Egmond Half Marathon||5th||72:51|