Zakia Mrisho Mohamed

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Zakia Mrisho Mohamed
Personal information
Born (1984-02-19) February 19, 1984 (age 33)
Height 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Country  Tanzania
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 5,000 metres
Coached by Zacharia Gwandu
Updated on 23 July 2012.

Zakia Mrisho Mohamed (born February 19, 1984) is a Tanzanian long distance runner who specialises in track and road running. She represented her country in the 5000 metres at the 2008 Olympic Games and 2012 Olympic Games.

Born in Singida,[1] She attended her first major international athletics competition in 2003, taking part in the 3000 metres in which she finished sixth. She won the Cinque Mulini cross country meeting in 2004, becoming the first Tanzanian woman to do so. She was selected for the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and managed to finish in twentieth place in the long race. She came sixth in the 5000 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and third at the World Athletics Final (3000 m) a month later. She represented Tanzania at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, finishing eighth in the 5000 m final.

At the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships she was 23rd overall but she was less successful on the track, failing to make it out of the 5000 m heats of the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. The same fate awaited her at her first Olympic Games in Beijing the following year, although she did managed a fourth-place finish in the 3000 m at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final as well as competing in the 5000 m event. She reached her first major global final in the next season at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, taking 15th place in the 5000 m.

Mrisho was selected as one of three representative for Africa in the women's 5000 m at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup (along with Vivian Cheruiyot and Sentayehu Ejigu and she finished in fifth place.She won the adidas Women's 5K in Prague in September 2010, beating runner-up and defending champion Gladys Otero by a margin of seventeen seconds.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2003 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 3000 metres
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 5000 metres
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 3000 metres
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 8th 5000 m
2008 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 4th 3000 m

Personal bests[edit]

  • 1500 metres - 4:10.47 (2005)
  • 3000 metres - 8:39.91 (2005)
  • 5000 metres - 14:43.87 (2005)
  • 10,000 metres - 32:20.47 (2010)


  1. ^ Athlete Profile. Demadonna. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  2. ^ Marofit take Prague 10Km. IAAF (2010-09-12). Retrieved on 2010-09-12.

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