Belayneh Dinsamo

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Belayneh Dinsamo

Belayneh Dinsamo (born June 28, 1965) is an Ethiopian former long-distance runner and marathon specialist. He represented his country at the 1996 Summer Olympics, entering as the world record holder, but failed to finish the marathon race.[1]

Belayneh was born in Diramo Afarrara, Sidamo. He held the world record in the marathon for 10 years (1988-1998). This was the third longest span without the record being broken since the event was first organized at the 1896 Olympics. The record was set when he ran 2:06:50 at the 1988 Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. The record was eventually broken by Ronaldo da Costa at the Berlin Marathon in 1998.

As of 2009, Densamo lives in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is no longer active in international competition.


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1986 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 2nd 2:08:29[2]
1986 Moscow Marathon Moscow, Russia 1st 2:14:42
1987 All-Africa Games Nairobi, Kenya 1st 2:14:47
1987 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:12:58
1988 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:06:50
1989 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:08:39
1990 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:11:35
1996 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:10:30


Preceded by
Carlos Lopes
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
April 17, 1988 – September 20, 1998
Succeeded by
Ronaldo da Costa