Atsede Baysa

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Atsede Baysa
2012 Chicago Marathon - Merima-Atsede-Fatuma.jpg
Atsede (centre) leading at the 2012 Chicago Marathon
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Ethiopia
World Road Running Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Udine Team
All-Africa Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Algiers Half marathon

Atsede Baysa Tesema, also known as Atsede Bayisa, (born 16 April 1987) is an Ethiopian long distance runner who specialises in road running events. She has won the Chicago Marathon and Paris Marathon twice consecutively. She has also won at the Xiamen International Marathon and the Istanbul Marathon.

She represented Ethiopia at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships (taking the team silver) and at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in the marathon race. She was the half marathon silver medallist at the 2007 All-Africa Games.


She started her international career with performances at the Tokyo Women's Marathon and Nagano Marathon in 2006. She ran in the 2007 Rotterdam Marathon and clocked a time of 2:33:54 for fourth place.[1] Her first major event was 2007 All-Africa Games, where she took the half marathon silver medal behind Souad Aït Salem. A few months later she attended the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships and finished in eleventh, helping the Ethiopian women to the team silver medal.[2] Following this, she went on to win at the Istanbul Marathon, recording a new personal best of 2:29:05. She did not make significant progression in 2008, with fifth-place finishes at both the Rome City Marathon and Toronto Marathon being the highlights of her year.[3]

In 2009, she started with a ninth-place finish at the Dubai Marathon with a time of 2:29:13.[4] Victory in a personal best time of 2:24:42 at the Paris Marathon marked a new high for Baysa, having won her first IAAF Gold Label Road Race.[5] Baysa was selected for the women's marathon at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but she did not match her previous form and finished in 27th place. She went on to take seventh-place finish in 2:32:05 at the Frankfurt Marathon in October.[6]

Baysa made a strong start to 2010 by becoming the first foreign athlete to win the women's race at the Xiamen International Marathon. She led the race uncontested and finished in 2:28:53.[7] Despite cold conditions, she also won the Paris Half Marathon in March, recording a time of 1:11:05.[8] She set her eyes on defending her Paris Marathon title in April and her front running tactics succeeded in record time: finishing in first place in 2:22:04, she beat Marleen Renders' course record which had stood since 2002 and knocked over two minutes off her previous best.[9] She ran at the 2010 Chicago Marathon in October and started well by setting a fast pace from the beginning, establishing a significant lead by the halfway point. The worsening heat proved too much for the athlete, however, and while Liliya Shobukhova gained a three-minute lead over her in the final 10K of the race, the Ethiopian won with a time of 2:23:40 following Shobukhova's retroactive disqualification for doping.[10] She entered the Delhi Half Marathon in November but managed only fifth place over the half distance.[11]

She opened her 2011 at the Dubai Marathon, but finished in fifth place some three minutes behind the winner Aselefech Mergia.[12] Another fifth came at the 2011 London Marathon, where she was one place behind her compatriot Bezunesh Bekele.[13] She ran in two French races in October: she was the winner of the half marathon race at the Reims à Toutes Jambes and came second to Lydia Cheromei at the Marseille-Cassis Internationale.[14][15]

She ran a time of 2:23:13 hours at the 2012 Dubai Marathon, which was only worth eighth place in a fast women's race.[16] She won the Tarsus Half Marathon in a course record of 69:39 minutes in March before going on to place ninth at the 2012 London Marathon. While running at the 2012 Chicago Marathon, she drew on her experience of 2010 and did not falter in the second half of the race, racing away in the final section to beat Rita Jeptoo to the Chicago women's title.[17] She ended the year with a dominant performance at the Montferland Run, winning unchallenged after breaking away from the pack in the first 5 km of the race.[18]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (h:m:s) Venue Date
10 kilometres 32:10 New Delhi, India 21 November 2010
20 kilometres 1:05:47 Udine, Italy 14 October 2007
Half marathon 1:07:34 Barcelona, Spain 17 February 2013
Marathon 2:22:03 Chicago, United States 7 October 2012
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 2nd Half marathon
World Road Running Championships Udine, Italy 11th Half marathon Individual
2nd Half marathon Team
Istanbul Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 1st Marathon 2:29:05
2009 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:24:42
World Championships Berlin, Germany 27th Marathon 2:36:04
2010 Xiamen International Marathon Xiamen, PR China 1st Marathon 2:28:53
Paris Half Marathon Paris, France 1st Half marathon 1:11:05
Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:22:04
2012 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:22:03

Road race wins[edit]


  1. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2007-04-15). Chelanga prevails in Rotterdam sun. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  2. ^ Official Team Results Half Marathon - W. IAAF (2007-10-14). Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  3. ^ Atsede Baysa. Elite Sports Management. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-01-16). Despite heavy rains, Gebrselassie clocks 2:05:29 in Dubai. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  5. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2009-04-05). 2:05:47 course record for Kipruto in Paris, five others under 2:07. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  6. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-10-25). Kirwa breaks course record with 2:06:14 in Frankfurt. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  7. ^ Cartier, Cyrille (2010-01-02). Lilesa and Bayisa lead Ethiopian sweep in Xiamen. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  8. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2007-03-07). Beating the wind and chill, Kiprop and Bayisa take Paris Half wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  9. ^ Vazel, Pierre Jean (2010-04-11). 2:22:03 World lead for Baysa, Tola improves to 2:06:37 - Paris Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
  10. ^ Ferstle, Jim (2010-10-10). Wanjiru and Shobukhova defend titles in Chicago - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-10-14.
  11. ^ Murali, Ram. Krishnan (2010-11-21). Mergia recaptures women’s crown, Mutai foils Ethiopian sweep at Delhi Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  12. ^ Butcher, Pat (2011-01-21). Barmasai and Mergia fight headwind to take Dubai Marathon wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-21.
  13. ^ Brown, Matthew (2011-04-17). Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-24.
  14. ^ 2011 Semi-Marathon. RATJ. Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  15. ^ 2011 Marseille-Cassis Results (French). Marseille-Cassis. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Gugala, Jon (2012-10-07). Course record for Kebede, Baysa dethrones Shobukhova - Chicago Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  18. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2012-12-02). Mutai sets course record in 's Heerenberg. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-07.

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