Yemane Tsegay

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Yemane Tsegay
20120415 Rotterdam Marathon Yermane Adhane.jpg
Rotterdam 2012
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Ethiopia
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2015 Beijing Marathon

Yemane Adhane Tsegay (born 8 April 1985)[1] is an Ethiopian long distance runner who specialises in the marathon. He won the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon with a personal best time of 2:04:48 hours. He has also won marathons in Eindhoven, Gyeongju, Macau and Taipei.


He began competing in international races in 2008 and finished third at the Casablanca Marathon that year, posting a time of 2:13:29.[2] He had his first victory at the end of the year, winning the Macau Marathon in December.[3] He opened 2009 with a second-place finish at the Marrakech Marathon in January.[4] Yemane made significant progress at the Paris International Marathon in April that year: although he finished in fourth place, he clocked a much improved personal best of 2:06:30.[5]

He qualified to represent Ethiopia at the World Championships in Athletics and put in a strong debut performance at the 2009 World Championships Marathon race with a time of 2:08:42, just seven seconds behind bronze medallist Tsegay Kebede.[6] Two months later he recorded his third consecutive sub-2:09 time, breaking the course record at the Gyeongju International Marathon in the process.[7][8]

In the 2010 season, he started by setting a new half marathon best of 1:01:50 at the Zayed International Half Marathon. He stepped back up to the full distance for the Lake Biwa Marathon and won in cold conditions, beating Tomoyuki Sato and Hendrick Ramaala to the finish.[9][10] He improved further at the Prague Half Marathon with a quick run of 1:01:37 for third place, in spite of poor conditions.[11] He was the race favourite for the Prague Marathon in May, but late entrant Eliud Kiptanui won the race instead, leaving Tsegay as runner-up with a time of 2:07:11. He was dissatisfied with the run, saying that he classified 2:05 as a good time for his ability.[12] He ran at the Berlin Marathon in September 2010 and finished in fourth place, running 2:07:52 in wet conditions.[13]

He was among the favourites for the 2011 Tokyo Marathon but never looked likely to win the race and ended up in ninth with a comparatively slow time of 2:11:49.[14] He was eighth at the Prague Marathon but performed well in east Asia near the end of the year, coming third at the JoongAng Seoul Marathon in a time of 2:10:47 hours in spite of poor weather,[15] then setting a race record of 2:10:24 hours to win the Taipei Marathon.[16]

Yemane improved his personal best by a second at the 2012 Dubai Marathon, but his time of 2:06:29 hours brought him only tenth place in the quick race, which saw him beaten by eight other Ethiopians.[17] He achieved a significantly faster time at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon, winning the event in 2:04:48, just one second ahead of countryman Getu Feleke, and bringing himself up to eighth place on the all-time lists.[18]

The majority of his 2013 season was geared towards preparation for the 2013 World Championships Marathon, where ultimately he fell off the pace and finished in eighth with a time of 2:11:43 hours.[19] He made a successful return to the Dutch road racing circuit by winning the Eindhoven Marathon in a time of 2:09:11 hours.[20]

In May 2014, Tsegay won the Ottawa Marathon in 2:06:54, setting a new Canadian soil record as well as the course record.[21]

He is married to Abeba Aregawi.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (h:m:s) Venue Date
Half marathon 1:01:37 Prague, Czech Republic 27 March 2010
Marathon 2:04:48 Rotterdam, Netherlands 15 April 2012
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2008 Casablanca Marathon Casablanca, Morocco 3rd 2:13:29
Macau International Marathon Macau, China 1st 2:15:06
2009 Marrakesh Marathon Marrakesh, Morocco 2nd 2:10:48
Paris Marathon Paris, France 4th 2:06:30
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 4th 2:08:42
Gyeongju International Marathon Gyeongju, South Korea 1st 2:08:52
2010 Lake Biwa Marathon Ōtsu, Japan 1st 2:09:34
Prague Marathon Prague, Czech Republic 2nd 2:07:11
Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 4th 2:07:52
2011 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 9th 2:11:49
Prague Marathon Prague, Czech Republic 8th 2:13:41
JTBC Seoul Marathon Seoul, South Korea 3rd 2:10:47
Taipei Marathon Taipei, Taiwan 1st 2:10:24
2012 Dubai Marathon Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10th 2:06:29
Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, the Netherlands 1st 2:04:48
2013 2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 8th 2:11:43
Eindhoven Marathon Eindhoven, the Netherlands 1st 2:09:11
Taipei Marathon Taipei, Taiwan 2nd 2:14:17
2014 Daegu Marathon Daegu, South Korea 1st 2:06:51
Ottawa Marathon Ottawa, Canada 1st 2:06:54
Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 5th 2:17:54
2015 2015 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 2nd 2:09:48
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 2nd 2:13:08
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 5th 2:13:24
2016 2016 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 3rd 2:14:02
Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:08:48
2017 2017 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 12th 2:16:47
Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 26th 2:18:05
2018 Ottawa Marathon Ottawa, Canada 1st 2:08:52
Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 2nd 2:08:54


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  4. ^ Biography. Marathon Free. Retrieved on 2010-03-08.
  5. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2009-04-05). 2:05:47 course record for Kipruto in Paris, five others under 2:07. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-08.
  6. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-22). Event Report - Men's Marathon - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-08.
  7. ^ Wins for Ethiopians in road weekend. Ethiopian Run (2009-10-19). Retrieved on 2010-03-08.
  8. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2010-03-05). Course record in jeopardy at Lake Biwa Marathon? - Preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-08.
  9. ^ Tsegay wins Lake Biwa Marathon. Japan Today (2010-03-07). Retrieved on 2010-03-08.
  10. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2010-03-07). Tsegay takes Lake Biwa crown. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-08.
  11. ^ Butcher, Pat (2010-03-27). Kenyan double in Prague… Kosgei defends her title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-27.
  12. ^ Butcher, Pat (2010-05-09). Massive breakthrough for Kiptanui - 2:05:39 in Prague. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-05-22.
  13. ^ Butcher, Pat (2010-09-26). Makau and Kebede triumph in rainy Berlin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-26.
  14. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-02-27). Mekonnen triumphs in Tokyo in 2:07:35. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-27.
  15. ^ Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada (2011-11-06). Kwambai beats the rain and chill in Seoul. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-07.
  16. ^ African runners win Taipei marathon. The China Post (2011-12-19). Retrieved on 2011-12-23.
  17. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-01-27). Abshero stuns with 2:04:23 debut, Mergia clocks 2:19:31 in Dubai. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-04.
  18. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2012-04-15). Spectacular double Ethiopian success brings home 2:04 and 2:18 victories in Rotterdam. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  19. ^ Marathon - men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-15.
  20. ^ Minshull, Phil (2013-10-13). Tsegay ends Kenya's 14-year winning streak at Marathon Eindhoven. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-15.
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