Mare Dibaba

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Mare Dibaba
Mare Dibaba in 2014 Boston Marathon.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 25)
Height 1.51 m (4 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 38 kg (84 lb)
Country  Ethiopia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Mare Dibaba Hurrsa (born 20 October 1989) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes in road running events.


Her first high profile outing came at the Ethiopian 20 km championships in 2007 and she took sixth place, running for Oromia Police.[1] She made her international debut at the 2008 Udine Half Marathon and the eighteen-year-old ran a personal best of 1:10:32 hours for second place behind Anikó Kálovics.[2] Her next run came in November at the New Delhi Half Marathon, where she finished in eighth place but slightly improved her time to 1:10:28.[3]

Mare briefly transferred to compete for Azerbaijan in 2009, running under the name Mare Ibrahimova, but after she was revealed to be overage for the European Athletics Junior Championships she returned to compete for her country of birth.[4][5][6] Among her competitions representing Azerbaijan was a sixth place finish at the 2009 Delhi Half Marathon, at which she much improved her time for the distance by crossing the line in 1:08:45 (an Azerbaijani record).[7]

Having reverted to her Ethiopian citizenship, she further established herself at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, coming in second place behind Elvan Abeylegesse.[8] She had led the race at the 20 km mark and her time of 1:03:47 for that point was the fastest recorded by any woman in 2010,[9] while her half marathon time of 1:07:13 was the second fastest of the year.[10] She made her marathon debut in March with a quick 2:25:38 time for third at the Rome Marathon.[11] She won the Rabat Half Marathon in April and made her first appearances in the United States in August, winning the Crim 10-Miler and News and Sentinel Half Marathon.[12] She was one of the leading names at the Frankfurt Marathon but, in spite of a personal best of 2:25:27, she managed only fifth place in the quick-paced race.[13]

Mare managed third place at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February 2011.[14] Although she was the pre-race favourite at the Los Angeles Marathon in March, she was defeated by both Bezunesh Deba and Amy Hastings and came third with a comparatively slow time of 2:30:25 hours.[15] A month later she won the Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half Marathon by a margin of one minute.[16] She was the runner-up at the Bogota Half Marathon in August.[17] Although she was not selected for the world championships team that year, she was chosen to represent her country at the 2011 All-Africa Games, where she won the half marathon gold medal in a Games record time of 1:10:47 hours.[18] She improved her marathon best to 2:23:25 hours at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October, finishing as runner-up behind Koren Yal.[19] A sixth place finish followed at the Delhi Half Marathon.[20]

At the 2012 Dubai Marathon she ran a personal best time of 2:19:52 hours for third place, making her the second fastest Ethiopian woman after the winner Aselefech Mergia.[21] As a result she was selected for the marathon team at the 2012 London Olympics, but she was somewhat slower in the Olympic marathon, running a time of 2:28:48 hours and finishing 23rd. Her last performance of the year was a runner-up finish at the Philadelphia Half Marathon.[22]

In 2014, she won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:25:37 hours. The win was announced January 30, 2015, as Rita Jeptoo was suspended retroactively for an EPO positive drug test to September 25, 2014, which would have made her ineligible for the Chicago Marathon that she finished first.


  1. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2007-08-20). Gezhagne and B. Bekele take Ethiopian 20km titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  2. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-09-29). Barus runs sub-60 in Udine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  3. ^ Three go sub-60, as Ethiopia sweep titles in Delhi Half Marathon. IAAF (2008-11-09). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  4. ^ Passport puts Ibrahimova over-age at Euro Juniors. Athletics Weekly (2009-07-23). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  5. ^ Monti, Dave (2010-02-19). Sensational 67:07 Debut by Elvan Abeylegesse at RAK Half Marathon in United Arab Emirates. Run Washington. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  6. ^ Dibaba Mare. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  7. ^ Keitany sub-1:07 again, Merga defends in Delhi Half Marathon. IAAF (2009-11-01). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  8. ^ Fairlie, Greg (2010-02-19). Stunning 1:07:07 Half Marathon debut by Abeylegesse Ras Al Khaimah. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  9. ^ 20 Kilometres 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  10. ^ Half Marathon 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  11. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-03-21). Ethiopian double as Rome celebrates Bikila – Rome Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  12. ^ Mare Dibaba. Elite Sports Management. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  13. ^ Edwards, Andy (2010-10-31). Fast Kenyan double in Frankfurt; 2:04:57 and 2:23:25. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  14. ^ Hutchings, Tim (2011-02-18). Keitany smashes Half Marathon World record in Ras Al Khaimah - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  15. ^ Reavis, Tony (2011-03-21). Geneti debuts with 2:06 in LA. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  16. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2011-04-25). Merga and Dibaba sweep for Ethiopia in Yangzhou. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
  17. ^ Mutai and Chepkirui the winners in Bogota. IAAF/Organisers (2011-08-01). Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  18. ^ "15/09/2011 All-Africa Games Maputo 2011: Results Day 5 (Thursday 15th September)". CAA. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  19. ^ Gains, Paul (2011-10-16). Mungara claims fourth Toronto Marathon title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  20. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2011-11-27). In close races, Desisa and Kabuu prevail in New Delhi Half. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  21. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-01-27). Abshero stuns with 2:04:23 debut, Mergia clocks 2:19:31 in Dubai. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-04.
  22. ^ Biwott and Cherop dominate at Philadelphia Half Marathon. IAAF (2012-09-16). Retrieved on 2013-01-22.

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