Tesfaye Jifar

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Tesfaye Jifar (Amharic: ተስፋዬ ጅፋር) born April 23, 1976) is a male Ethiopian long-distance runner.

Jifar won the New York City Marathon in 2001, his time of 2:07:43 standing as the course record for ten years. The same year he was second at the Tokyo Marathon[1] and won the Saint Silvester Marathon held in Brazil. At the Amsterdam Marathon in 1999 he was second and broke the Ethiopian record held by Belayneh Dinsamo. Jifar's time of 2:06:49 hours remains his personal record.

Tesfaye Jifar is a three time medalist from IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, he won bronze in 1999 and 2000 and silver in 2001.

At the 2001 World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton Jifar finished seventh in the marathon race.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1999 Amsterdam Marathon Amsterdam, Netherlands 2nd Marathon 2:06:49
World Half Marathon Championships Palermo, Italy 3rd Half Marathon 1:01:51
2000 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 9th Marathon 2:16:01
World Half Marathon Championships Veracruz, Mexico 3rd Half Marathon 1:03:50
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 7th Marathon 2:16:52
World Half Marathon Championships Bristol, United Kingdom 2nd Half Marathon 1:00:04
New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st Marathon 2:07:43
2002 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 9th Marathon 2:09:50
World Half Marathon Championships Brussels, Belgium 5th Half Marathon 1:01:11
2005 Enschede Marathon Enschede, Netherlands 5th Marathon 2:12:44


  1. ^ Tesfaye Jifar (Äthiopien)