Belayneh Dinsamo

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Belayneh Dinsamo

Belayneh Dinsamo (born June 28, 1965) is a long-distance track and road running athlete from Ethiopia.

Dinsamo was born in Diramo Afarrara, Sidamo. He held the world record in the marathon for 10 years (1988-1998). This was the third longest span without the record being broken since the event was first organized at the 1896 Olympics. The record was set when he ran 2:06:50 at the 1988 Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. The record was eventually broken by Ronaldo da Costa at the Berlin Marathon in 1998.


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1986 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 2nd 2:08:29[1]
1986 Moscow Marathon Moscow, Russia 1st 2:14:42
1987 All-Africa Games Nairobi, Kenya 1st 2:14:47
1987 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:12:58
1988 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:06:50
1989 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:08:39
1990 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:11:35
1996 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:10:30

Current status[edit]

As of 2009, Densamo lives in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is no longer active in international competition.

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Preceded by
Portugal Carlos Lopes
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
April 17, 1988 – September 20, 1998
Succeeded by
Brazil Ronaldo da Costa