Abebe Mekonnen

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Abebe Mekonnen

Abebe Mekonnen (born 16 October 1964) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner.

Mekkonen was the winner of the 93rd Boston Marathon in 1989.[1] He also competed for Ethiopia in the 1992 Olympics and 1996 Olympics in the marathon. He did not finish in the 1992 games and finished 81st with a time of 2:29 hours in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Mekonnen has the most sub 2:15 marathons of anyone: 32 in all.[2] When he ran his 28th sub-2:15 marathon he broke the record set by Bill Rodgers.[3]

His best time was 2:07:35 in the 1988 Beijing Marathon, which is still course record.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1984 Friendship Games Moscow, Soviet Union 2nd Marathon 2:11:30
1986 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st Marathon 2:09:09
1987 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:11:09
All-Africa Games Nairobi, Kenya 2nd 10,000 m 28:58.70
World Championships Rome, Italy Marathon DNF
1988 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:08:33
Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 4th Marathon 2:09:33
Beijing Marathon Beijing, PR China 1st Marathon 2:07:35
1989 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:09:06
1991 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:10:26
World Championships Tokyo, Japan Marathon DNF
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain Marathon DNF
1993 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:12:00
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany Marathon DNF
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 47th Marathon 2:32:35
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 81st Marathon 2:29:45


  1. ^ "An Inspired Ethiopian and Kristiansen Are Winners in the Boston Marathon"
  2. ^ untitled
  3. ^ Boston.com / 1999 Boston Marathon

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