Tirfi Tsegaye

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Tsegaye at the Berlin Marathon 2012

Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene (born 25 November 1984) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes in marathon races. She has won the Paris Marathon (in a course record), the Tokyo Marathon (also in course-record time), and the Dubai Marathon. Her personal best of 2:21:19 hours came as runner-up at the Berlin Marathon.

Born in Bekoji in Ethiopia's Oromia Region, she comes from a town renowned for producing world class runners such as Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba.[1] In one of her first major races, Tirfi won the Porto Marathon in 2008 with a time of 2:35:31 hours.[2] She improved her best to 2:29:04 hours with a runner-up finish at the 2009 Turin Marathon and then bettered that with a run of 2:28:16 hours for second at the Shanghai Marathon.[3][4] She also made her debut over the half marathon at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, where her run of 1:09:24 brought her sixth place and a team silver medal with Ethiopia.[5]

Tirfi was runner-up to Atsede Baysa at the 2010 Paris Half Marathon,[6] then finished behind her again at the Paris Marathon a month later, although Tirfi's time of 2:24:51 hours for third place was a significant personal best.[7] She again made the podium at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, setting another best of 2:22:44 hours and finishing second behind Sharon Cherop.[8] She was also runner-up at the Shanghai Marathon for the second year running, beaten to the title by Nailiya Yulamanova.[9]

She was invited to compete at the 2011 Boston Marathon and she finished in eleventh in the high profile race.[10] She came fifth at that year's Lille Half Marathon then was three seconds behind Shanghai Marathon winner Haile Lema Kebebush in December with her time of 2:24:11 hours (her third straight second place finish at the race).[11] At the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon in February 2012 she ran a personal best of 1:07:42 hours for third place.[12] She was the pre-race favourite for the Paris Marathon and delivered on the status by winning the race in a course record and personal best time of 2:21:39 hours, over three minutes ahead of runner-up Sultan Haydar.[13] Running alongside her training partner, Aberu Kebede, she was runner-up at the 2012 Berlin Marathon with a personal best time of 2:21:19 hours.[14]

In January 2013, she won the Dubai Marathon despite the heavy fog during the race, with a time of 2:23:23, 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Ehitu Kiros. [15] She performed less well in her second race of the year, coming seventh at the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:26:57 hours.[16]


  1. ^ Tirfi Tsegaye. Boston Marathon. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  2. ^ Fernandes, Antonio Manuel (2008-10-28). Mugo takes Porto Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
  3. ^ April 2009 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  4. ^ November 2009 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  5. ^ 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships results. IAAF (2009-10-11). Retrieved on 2009-10-11.
  6. ^ March 2010 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  7. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2010-04-11). 2:22:04 World lead for Baysa, Tola improves to 2:06:41 - Paris Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  8. ^ Gains, Paul (2010-09-26). Mungara and Cherop take Toronto Marathon titles as Canadian All-Comers records tumble. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  9. ^ Marathon 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  10. ^ Marathon 2011. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  11. ^ December 2011 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  12. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-02-26). Kiplagat sizzles sub-1:07 at Roma-Ostia Half. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  13. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2012-04-15). Biwott 2:05 and Tsegaye 2:21 defy windy conditions to set race records at Paris Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  14. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-09-30). Close victory for Mutai but more straightforward for Kebede in Berlin - REPORT. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  15. ^ Butcher, Pat (2013-01-25). Debutant Desisa wins Dubai Marathon in 2:04:45, five men under 2:05. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-01-25.
  16. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2013-10-27). Kipruto and Kilel make it a Kenyan double at Frankfurt Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.

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