Sultan Haydar

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Sultan Haydar
Personal information
Birth name Chaltu Girma Meshesha
Nationality Turkey
Born (1985-05-23) 23 May 1985 (age 32)
Golerogi, Ethiopia
Residence İstanbul, Turkey
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 1500 metres, 3000 metres
Club Enkaspor Athletics Team
Coached by Nikola Borić

Sultan Haydar (pronounced [sulˈtɑn ˈhajdaɾ]; born May 23, 1985 in Golerogi, Ethiopia)[1] is an Ethiopian-born Turkish female long-distance runner. The 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) tall athlete at 55 kg (121 lb) is a member of Enkaspor, where she is coached by Nikola Borić.[2][3]

Born Chaltu Girma Meshesha in Ethiopia, she started off her career as a middle distance runner and was the bronze medalist in the 800 metres at the 2005 African Junior Athletics Championships.[4] Her final international appearance for Ethiopia came at the 2006 African Championships in Athletics, where she showed a talent for racewalking as she came sixth in the women's 20 km walk.[5] She transferred her eligibility to Turkey in 2008.

Haydar's first competition for Turkey was the 2008 European Cross Country Championships. She started the women's under-23 race quickly but yielded her early lead and dropped out at the halfway point.[6] She was the 1500 metres gold medalist at the 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships, then won the under-23 race at the 2009 European Cross Country Championships later that year.[7] At the beginning of 2011 she made her debut over the half marathon and recorded a time of 1:10:02 hours for seventh place at the high calibre RAK Half Marathon.[8] She ran in the 1500 m at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, but failed to finish her heat. She turned to the 3000 metres at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships, where she set a personal best of 9:03.50 minutes to win her heat, but was slower in the final, coming in ninth place.[5] Outdoors, she competed for Turkey on home soil for the First League of the 2011 European Team Championships and won the 3000 m in a long-distance event sweep with Alemitu Bekele Degfa and Binnaz Uslu. Haydar also won the bronze in the 1500 m.

She was the leader for much of the 2011 Istanbul Marathon, but slowed after 35 km and eventually finished seventh.[9] The 2012 Paris Marathon saw her establish herself as a top level marathon runner. In spite of being well-beaten by winner Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, Haydar improved her best by over ten minutes to set a Turkish national record mark of 2:25:07 hours in second place.[10]

Sultan Haydar qualified for participation in the marathon event at the 2012 Summer Olympics but managed only 72nd place with a slow time of 2:38:26 hours.[2] She ended the year with a third-place finish at the Istanbul Marathon.[11] In her first marathon of 2013, she came third at the Rome City Marathon with a time of 2:27:10 hours.[12] On November 17, 2013, Sultan Haydar repeated her third-place success at the Istanbul Marathon finishing with 2.29.40 after her countrywoman Elvan Abeylegesse.[13]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Turkey
2009 European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 1500 m 4:14.12
European Cross Country Championships Dublin, Ireland 1st Under-23 (6.039 km) 21:14
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1500 m DNF
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 8th 3000 m 9:08.84
2012 Istanbul Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 3rd Marathon 2:29:41
2013 Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey 4th Half Marathon 1:18:01
Rome Marathon Rome, Italy 3rd Marathon 2:27:10
Istanbul Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 3rd Marathon 2.29.40
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 43rd Marathon 2:47:11


  1. ^ Sultan Haydar. London2012. Retrieved on 2013-03-23.
  2. ^ a b "Sporcular/Atletizm-Sultan Haydar" (in Turkish). Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı-Türk Sporcular 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  3. ^ "32. Uluslararası Trabzon Yarı Maratonu". Son Dakika (in Turkish). 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  4. ^ African Junior Championships 2005. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  5. ^ a b Haydar, Sultan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  6. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2008-12-14). Hilda Kibet takes her first title – European XC Champs, WOMEN’s races. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  7. ^ Under 23 Women's Final: Turkey's Haydar gets it right this time. European Athletics (2009-12-13). Retrieved on 2009-12-18.
  8. ^ Hutchings, Tim (2011-02-18). Keitany smashes Half Marathon World record in Ras Al Khaimah - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  9. ^ Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada (2011-10-17). Kiplagat defends in cold and rainy Istanbul. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  10. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2012-04-15). Biwott 2:05 and Tsegaye 2:21 defy windy conditions to set race records at Paris Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  11. ^ Kurdyumova, Yelena & Porada, Sergey (2012-11-12). Chebogut and Jelela win in Istanbul. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-11.
  12. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2013-03-17). Terfa and Kirop triumph in Rome Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-23.
  13. ^ "35th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon 2013-Marathon Overall Results" (PDF). Istanbul Marathon. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 

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