Nebiat Habtemariam

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Nebiat Habtemariam (born 29 December 1978) is an Eritrean long-distance runner who specializes in the Marathon. Earlier in her career, she ran the 5000 metres and cross-country running. She is a three-time participant at the Summer Olympics. She has a marathon best of 2:32:04 hours set at the 2008 Hamburg Marathon, where she was seventh.[1]

Born in Eritrea, Seraye, Adiquala, Adi-Kinzinab, she has competed at the World Cross Country Championships in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2011. Her best placing is a sixteenth place from 2003.[2]

In 5000 metres she has competed in the 1997, 1999 and 2001 World Championships in Athletics as well as the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.[2] At the 2008 Beijing Olympics she finished 47th in the Women's Marathon.[3] She was selected for the marathon at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.

She came third at the 2012 Milan Marathon in her first competitive outing over the distance in over three years.[4]

At the 1997 World Championships in Athens, the then 18-year old suffered the "Longest wardrobe malfunction of all time" during a qualifying heat of the 5,000 metres. Lacking her own gear, Habtemariam asked to borrow another athlete's singlet for the race. However, she did not borrow a sports bra. She spent 18 minutes on the track with one breast perpetually in view. She didn't leave her hotel room for the rest of the week.[5]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Eritrea
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 15th 5000 metres
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 20th 5000 metres
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 47th Marathon 2:37:03
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 34th Marathon 2:44:42

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ 2008 Hamburg Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  2. ^ a b Nebiat Habtemariam profile at IAAF
  3. ^ Sports Reference
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-04-15). Kenyans beat the rain in Milan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  5. ^ Glenn Stout; Christopher McDougall (7 October 2014). The Best American Sports Writing 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 228–. ISBN 978-0-544-30197-9. 

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