Belayneh Densamo (born June 28, 1965) is an Ethiopian former long-distance runner, and a long-period world record holder for the marathon discipline. He held the world record for 10 years (1988-1998).
Densamo broke the world record by 22 seconds with a time of 2:06:50 at the 1988 Rotterdam Marathon, following three previous wins at major marathons 1986–1987. This record lasted the third-longest span ever recorded (and since the event was first professionally organized at the 1896 Olympics).
- Last victories
Densamo won two major international marathons in 1989 and in 1990. He was not among the three Ethiopian men who entered the marathon in the 1992 Summer Olympics. He represented Ethiopia at the marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics, as the world record holder in the relatively humid summer Atlanta, Georgia conditions and was among 13 of a field of 130 who did not finish. Densamo's world record fell to Ronaldo da Costa at the Berlin Marathon in 1998.
As of 2009, Belayneh lives in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts and has retired from international competition.
- All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
|1986||Tokyo Marathon||Tokyo, Japan||2nd||2:08:29|
|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|
|Men's Marathon World Record Holder
April 17, 1988 – September 20, 1998
Ronaldo da Costa
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