Firehiwot Dado

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Firehiwot Tufa Dado
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Personal information
Born (1984-01-09) 9 January 1984 (age 31)
Assela, Arsi, Ethiopia
Country Ethiopia Ethiopia

Firehiwot Tufa Dado (born January 9, 1984 in Assela, Arsi)[1] is a female long-distance runner from Ethiopia, who won the New York City Marathon in 2011 with a personal best time of 2:23:15 hours. She also took three consecutive victories in the Rome City Marathon.[2]


She has also competed in 10K competitions and was the 2008 winner of the Casablanca Women's Run.[3] She made her marathon debut that year at the Košice Peace Marathon and managed to finish as runner-up on her first attempt.[4] She received a late-minute invitation to run the Rome City Marathon in March 2009 and went on to surprise the field by winning the race in a time of 2:27:08 hours – over ten minutes faster than her previous best.[5] Her second race over the distance that year came at the Frankfurt Marathon, where she again finished under two and a half hours to take fourth place.[6] Firehiwot won the Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon in November with a course record time of 1:09:26 – the first time a woman had run under an hour and ten minutes at the race.[7]

She fell back in the second half the 2010 Mumbai Marathon, eventually taking fifth place,[8] but returned to form at the Rome Marathon, where she defended her title in a best of 2:25:28 hours She set a previous personal best of 2:25:28 in the classic distance on March 21, 2010 in Rome, Italy.[9] The 2010 Fifth Third River Bank Run saw her break the course record for the 25K race, beating Joan Samuelson's time which had stood since 1986.[10] She won the Florence Marathon tha year, beating second-placed Meseret Mengistu by almost two minutes.[11]

Firehiwot took an unprecedented third straight title in Rome in 2011 and knocked over a minute off her best in the process, completing the race in 2:24:13 hours.[12] She established herself among the world's foremost women marathon runners with a victory at the 2011 New York City Marathon, where she held off Buzunesh Deba and Mary Keitany to win in a time of 2:23:15 hours.[13] She opened her 2012 season with a course record win at the New York City Half Marathon, where she maintained a fast starting pace to hold off Kimberley Smith and set a new best of 1:08:35 hours.[14] The 2012 Boston Marathon was undertaken in warm conditions and she managed fourth place behind a Kenyan trio.[15] She won the 2014 Prague Marathon in a time of 2:23:34 as six Ethiopians finished in the top six in the women's competition.[16]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
2008 Košice Peace Marathon Košice, Slovakia 2nd Marathon 2:37:34
2009 Rome City Marathon Rome, Italy 1st Marathon 2:27:08
Frankfurt Marathon Frankfurt, Germany 4th Marathon 2:29:20
2010 Mumbai Marathon Mumbai, India 5th Marathon 2:33:38
Rome City Marathon Rome, Italy 1st Marathon 2:25:28
Florence Marathon Florence, Italy 1st Marathon 2:28:58
2011 Rome City Marathon Rome, Italy 1st Marathon 2:24:13
New York City Marathon New York, USA 1st Marathon 2:23:15
2012 New York City Half Marathon New York, USA 1st Half Marathon 1:08:35
Boston Marathon Massachusetts, USA 4th Marathon 2:34:56
2014 Prague Marathon Prague, Czech Republic 1st Marathon 2:23:34


  1. ^ FIREHIWOT DADO. 116th Boston Marathon. Retrieved on 2012-04-26.
  2. ^ Firehiwot Dado. Elite Sports Management International. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  3. ^ Benchrif, Mohammed (2008-05-18). 26,000 take part in Casablanca’s Women’s Run. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-29.
  4. ^ Juck, Alfons (2008-10-05). Fighing [sic] strong winds, Yirdawe takes Kosice Peace Marathon in 2:10:51. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  5. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2009-03-22). Kiptoo clocks 2:07:17 in Rome, fastest ever in Italy. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  6. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-10-25). Kirwa breaks course record with 2:06:14 in Frankfurt. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  7. ^ Boulogne-Billancourt Half-Marathon History. Semi-marathon de Boulogne-Billancourt. Retrieved on 2011-11-22.
  8. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2010-01-17). Ndiso and Urgesa take Mumbai titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  9. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-03-21). Ethiopian double as Rome celebrates Bikila – Rome Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  10. ^ Post, Marty (2011-05-18). River Bank 25 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  11. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-11-29). Beating the rain and cold, Dado and debutante Tadese triumph in Florence. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-29.
  12. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-03-20). Dado takes third straight Rome title as Chumba surprises. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-20.
  13. ^ Morse, Parker (2011-11-06). G. Mutai smashes course record, Dado the surprise women's winner in New York. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-08.
  14. ^ Kirui and Dado triumph in New York Half Marathon. IAAF (2012-03-18). Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  15. ^ Morse, Parker (2012-04-16). Korir and Cherop the best as warm weather slows Boston. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-26.
  16. ^ "Kenya's Terer wins Prague international marathon, Ethiopia's Dado claims women's race". The Republic. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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