Markos Geneti

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Markos Geneti at the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon

Markos Geneti (born May 30, 1984 in Gute, a small township about 10 km east of Nekemte in Eastern Wollega, the State of Oromia) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who previously competed in track running, but now is a road specialist.


He won the 3000 metres title at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics and stepped up a level to take the silver medal over 5000 metres at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics the following year. Turning to senior competition, he was the runner-up in the 5000 m behind Hailu Mekonnen at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games and went on to claim the bronze medal in the 3000 m at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He competed in that event twice at the IAAF World Athletics Final, in 2004 and 2005, but failed to win a medal on either occasion.[1]

He made his global outdoor debut at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, where he reached the semi-finals of the 1500 metres. Geneti ran a 3000 m best of 7:32.69 minutes at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix in February 2007.[1] The following month he then made his debut at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where his 15th place finish was the second best performance by an Ethiopian (after Tadese Tola).[2]

In March 2011, he won the Los Angeles Marathon, breaking the record by almost two minutes in his first marathon attempt. His time of 2:06:35 was the sixth fastest ever for a race débutante at that point.[3] In his second race at the 2012 Dubai Marathon he ran a personal best time of 2:04:54 hours, but in one of the fastest races ever, he took third place behind Ayele Abshero and Dino Sefir.[4] He did not return to competition until December, when he ran at the Honolulu Marathon and placed second to Wilson Kipsang.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 1st 3000 m
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 5000 m
2003 Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 2nd 5000 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 3000 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 3000 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th (semis) 1500 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 9th 3000 m
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 15th Senior race

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  1. ^ a b Geneti Markos. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  2. ^ 2007 World XC Championships - Men's Race Results. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  3. ^ Reavis, Tony (2011-03-21). Geneti debuts with 2:06 in LA. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Monti, David (2012-12-09). Kipsang and Galimova win windy Honolulu Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-14.

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