Atsede Baysa

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Atsede Baysa
2012 Chicago Marathon - Merima-Atsede-Fatuma.jpg
Atsede (centre) leading at the 2012 Chicago Marathon
Personal information
Born (1987-04-16) 16 April 1987 (age 32)
Country Ethiopia
SportWomen's athletics
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Marathon: 2:22:03 (2012)
Half marathon: 1:07:34 (2013)

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, Boston Marathon and Paris Marathon twice. 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, and though it cost her at the end, she won with a time of 2:23:40, beating her closest challenger, Desiree Davila, by two minutes, forty seconds.[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 for what at the time was her first Chicago women's title (the 2010 title was awarded on 6 August 2015, following an IAAF review).[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]

She won the 2016 Boston Marathon, but gave Bobbi Gibb her trophy; Gibb said in 2017 she would go to Baysa’s native Ethiopia and return it to her.[19]

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.

International competitions[edit]

Atsede Baysa Tesema, female winner of 2016 Boston Marathon approaching halfway point
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
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 27th Marathon 2:36:04

Road race wins[edit]


  1. ^ van Hemert, Wim (15 April 2007). "Chelanga prevails in Rotterdam sun". IAAF. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Official Team Results Half Marathon - W". IAAF. 14 October 2007. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  3. ^ Atsede Baysa Archived 9 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Elite Sports Management. Retrieved on 12 April 2010.
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (16 January 2009). "Despite heavy rains, Gebrselassie clocks 2:05:29 in Dubai". IAAF. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  5. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (5 April 2009). "2:05:47 course record for Kipruto in Paris, five others under 2:07". IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  6. ^ Butcher, Pat (25 October 2009). "Kirwa breaks course record with 2:06:14 in Frankfurt". IAAF. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  7. ^ Cartier, Cyrille (2 January 2010). "Lilesa and Bayisa lead Ethiopian sweep in Xiamen". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  8. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (7 March 2007). "Beating the wind and chill, Kiprop and Bayisa take Paris Half wins". IAAF. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  9. ^ Vazel, Pierre Jean (11 April 2010). "2:22:03 World lead for Baysa, Tola improves to 2:06:37 - Paris Marathon report". IAAF. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  10. ^ Ferstle, Jim (10 October 2010). "Wanjiru and Shobukhova defend titles in Chicago - UPDATED". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010. Although she was originally scored second per press release, first-place finisher Liliya Shobukhova was found to be involved in an elaborate doping scheme that subsequently led to her disqualification and records purged in 2014. Baysa was subsequently awarded the win in 2014 upon IAAF investigation. See Doping in Russia#Allegations of state-sponsored doping and 2014 ARD documentary for details on the doping scandal in question.
  11. ^ Murali, Ram. Krishnan"Mergia recaptures women's crown, Mutai foils Ethiopian sweep at Delhi Half Marathon". IAAF. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  12. ^ Butcher, Pat (21 January 2011). "Barmasai and Mergia fight headwind to take Dubai Marathon wins". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  13. ^ Brown, Matthew (17 April 2011). "Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  14. ^ "2011 Semi-Marathon". RATJ. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  15. ^ "2011 Marseille-Cassis Results" (in French). Marseille-Cassis. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  16. ^ Butcher, Pat (27 January 2012). "Abshero stuns with 2:04:23 debut, Mergia clocks 2:19:31 in Dubai". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  17. ^ Gugala, Jon (7 October 2012). "Course record for Kebede, Baysa dethrones Shobukhova - Chicago Marathon report". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  18. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2 December 2012). "Mutai sets course record in 's Heerenberg". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Atsede Baysa gives her Boston Marathon trophy to Bobbi Gibb". The Boston Globe. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.

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