Mestawat Tadesse and Meskerem Legesse at the 2007 Reebok Grand Prix NYC
28 September 1986|
|Died||15 July 2013
Hamden, Connecticut, United States
|Sport||Track and field|
|Achievements and titles|
800m indoor: 2:01.03 (Fayetteville 2004)
Meskerem Legesse (28 September 1986 – 15 July 2013) was an Ethiopian distance runner. She participated in the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Legesse turned professional and participated in a number of U.S. events at various distances.
She set the world junior record in the indoor 800m with a time of 2:01.03 at Fayetteville, United States on 14 February 2004. At the 2004 Olympics, she ran a time of 4:18:03 (twelfth place in a first-round heat), and did not advance to the medal round.
Legesse died suddenly three weeks before she was to give birth. She was with her two-year-old son when she collapsed on 15 July 2013 at a restaurant in Hamden, Connecticut. Doctors were successful in saving her unborn child.
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- Profile at All Athletics
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