Zohar Zimro

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Zohar Zimro
זוהר זימרו
Zohar Zemiro - 2012 Olympic Marathon.jpg
Zohar Zimro at the 2012 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Israeli
Born (1977-07-25) July 25, 1977 (age 39)
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Country  Israel
Sport Running
Event(s) Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Zohar Zimro (or Zemiro; Hebrew: זוהר זימרו‎‎, born June 15, 1977) is an Israeli marathon runner.[2][3]

He was born in Woozaba, Ethiopia,[4] and is one of about 120,000 Israeli-Ethiopians, a community that includes fellow Israeli Ethiopian marathoners Setegne Ayele and former Olympian Asaf Bimro.[5][6] His personal best time is 2:14:28. He represented Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Ethiopia in 1977, and immigrated to Israel at the age of 10.[7][8]

Running career[edit]

At the age of 16 he was discovered by his high-school sport teacher.


His debut was a 23rd place at the Berlin Marathon in 2:23:48.


After a 22nd place at the Paris Marathon he came in 38th at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona with a time of 2:36:58.[3][9]


Zimro training (2011)

On January 6, 2011, he ran the 34th Tiberius Marathon in Israel in a time of 2:21:33, coming in second of all Israelis and 18th of all runners.[10] In February 2011, he ran a half marathon in Ein Gedi, Israel, in a personal best time of 1:06:19.[11]

In April 2011, he ran the Amsterdam Marathon in a personal record time of 2:14:28, coming in 10th.[11][12][13] In doing so, he qualified to represent Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[14] Asked for his reaction, he said: "it is the happiest moment in my life." His time was 7 seconds short of Israel's national record time in the marathon, which was set by Ayale Setegne.[10]

Zimro was named Athlete of the Year in 2011 by the Israel Athletics Association.[15]


In January 2012, he won the Israeli championships, while finishing 15th in the Tiberias Marathon in 2:15:06.[16]

He was the only Israeli distance runner in the 2012 Summer Olympics. He described himself as "an ardent Zionist who is extremely proud and honoured to represent Israel,” and said "To make aliyah as a child from Ethiopia and to end up representing Israel in the Olympics is the closing of a circle – a Cinderella story."[17] He finished 80th in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[18] [19]


In 2008, he established a non-profit organization with elite long-distance runners, called Running From The Heart. The founders are helping children and youth from diverse backgrounds to deal with problems and accomplish their goals in life through running.

Every week in all weather conditions, the children are educating by running, and learn how to break their limits in order to succeed.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Israel
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea Marathon DNF[20]
2012 Olympics London, United Kingdom 81st Marathon 2:34:59[20]
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 39th Marathon 2:25:23[20]
2014 World Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 83rd Half Marathon 1:06:04[7]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Profile of Zohar Zemiro". All-Athletics.com. February 20, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Zemiro Zohar Biography". IAAF. August 25, 2007. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Zohar Zemiro. London2012 (archived). Retrieved on 2014-10-11.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "13th IAAF World Championships; Men's Marathon" (PDF). IAAF. September 4, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b [3]
  8. ^ [4]
  9. ^ "European Athletics Championships Results". newsbank.com. August 1, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Profile of Zohar Zemiro". All-Athletics.com. February 20, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Details; Bib number 8011". Evenementen.uitslagen.nl. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Report". ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ Yaari, Eliezer (July 17, 2011). "Israeli swimmers earn a spot at 2012 Summer Olympics". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ [5]
  17. ^ [6]
  18. ^ [7]
  19. ^ [8]
  20. ^ a b c [9]

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