Zemzem Ahmed

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Zemzem Ahmed
Zemzem Ahmed 2014 Paris Marathon t111531.jpg
Ahmed at the 2014 Paris Marathon
Personal information
Full name Zemzem Ahmed Deko
Nationality  Ethiopia
Born (1984-12-27) 27 December 1984 (age 29)
Asella, Ethiopia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Steeplechase
Club Banks SC (ETH)

Zemzem Ahmed Deko (born December 27, 1984 in Asella) is an Ethiopian steeplechase runner and road runner.[1] She emerged as one of Ethiopia's top steeplechasers, and had broken her own personal records three times in 2007.

Zemzem represented Ethiopia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and competed in the women's 3000 m steeplechase, along with her teammates Sofia Assefa and Mekdes Bekele. She ran in the third heat of the competition, where she finished in fourth place and automatically advanced into the final, with a personal best time of 9:25.63.[2] She bettered her performance in the final round, and set a national record, with a time of 9:17.85, just eight seconds faster than her own personal best, finishing only in seventh place.[3]

She returned to the global stage at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and finished tenth in the steeplechase with a run of 9:22.64 minutes. She did not compete in the 2010 and 2011 seasons and re-emerged in 2012 with a renewed focus as a long-distance road runner. She ran a personal best of 2:27:12 hours for the marathon in October, placing sixth at the high profile Frankfurt Marathon.[4] A half marathon best of 73:31 minutes followed at the Zhuhai Half Marathon, where she was third. She improved this to 73:25 minutes at the 2013 Houston Half Marathon.


  1. ^ "Zemzem Ahmed". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Women's 3000m Steeplechase – Round 1 Heat 3". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women's 3000m Steeplechase – Final". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-10-28). Patience pays for Makau in Frankfurt, debut win for Melkamu. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-11.

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