MEN ELITE ATHLETES MUMBAI MARATHON
|Name||Country/Year of Birth||Best Time |
Levy trains in the running capitol of Iten. He started running as during his childhood Levy used to watch runners on television which inspired him to become a world class runner himself as well. Levyis married and when he’s not training he takes care of his plantations and houses which he rents out to people. His proudest moment in running where breaking 2.10 in Barcelona for the 1st time andfinishing 2nd in Boston Marathon.
|2016||Ljubljana Marathon ||3rd||2:09:37|
|2014||Berlin Marathon ||7th||2:08:33|
|2014||Warszawa Marathon ||2nd||2:08:09|
|2011||Frankfurt Marathon ||2nd||2:05:16|
|2010||La Rochelle Marathon||6th||2:12:06|
Seboka Dibaba is a strong marathon athlete who ran 2:06 once and 2:07 twice. He took podium places in Seoul, Paris, Düsseldorf and Sydney. Seboka run the 2nd fastest time ever recorded in Mumbai in January 2016.
|2016||Toronto Marathon ||2nd||2:09:47|
|2016||Mumbai Marathon||2nd|| 2:09:20|
|2012||Dubai Marathon ||9th||2:06:17|
|2011||Lago Maggiore Marathon||1st||2:13:49|
|2009||San Sebastian Marathon||2nd||2:17:03|
After some years on the track, where Jacob recorded some fast 5000m times, he made his marathon debut in the 2013 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. He ran a strong race and finished as runner up behind Jackson Kiprop. He smashed his personal best by almost two minutes in that same year, finishing fourth in Frankfurt. After finishing 5th in last year’s Mumbai Marathon, Jacob isdetermined to return to the podium in 2017.
|2016||Mumbai Marathon ||5th||2.11.59|
|2015||Hannover Marathon ||1st||2:09:32|
|2013||Frankfurt Marathon ||4th||2:07:46|
|2013||Mumbai Marathon ||2nd||2:09:43|
|2012||CPC Half Marathon ||12th||62:32|
|2011||FBK Games 5000m ||3rd||13:01.03|
Beraki is one of the few, but growing group, of Eritrean Marathon runners. He represented Eritrea in three World Marathon Championships in his career, in 2011 he finished 16th, in 2013 he finished 11th and in 2015 he DNF.
|2015||World Championships Marathon||Dnf|
|2014||Santiago de Chile Marathon||1st||2:11:50|
|2013||World Championships Marathon ||11th||2:13:40|
|2012||Hengshui Marathon ||18th||63:46|
|2012||South African Champs Half Marathon||4th||2:09:01|
|2012||Chongqing Marathon ||4th||2:10:43|
|Samuel Theuri||KEN/1984 ||2:08:56|
Samuel comes from a large family of 5 brothers and 2 sisters. He is married and has one son. Samuel started running since he was in school, his marathon debut came in 2012 when he finished 4th in thetough Buenos Aires Marathon. Besides running he is a keen to watch movies.
|2016||Porto Marathon ||1st||2:11:48|
|2015||Warsaw Marathon ||10th||2:10:53|
|2015||Marrakech Marathon||2nd|| 2:08:56|
|2012||Buenos Aires Marathon||4th||2:16:51|
|Alphonce Felix Simbu||TAN/1992 ||2:09:19|
Tanzania is known to have produced strong long distance runners over the years and Alphonce is their new rising start. The young Tanzanian has little international experience, the same goes for marathon which Olympics was just his 5th marathon. Running conservatively the first half crossing 24th moving up to 11th at 35km finishing 5th in the end, the best ever performance by a Tanzanian in the Olympic Marathon. The rising star of Tanzanian athletics run a new personal best last Novemberduring the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and is yet expected to crack his marathon PB as well.
|2016||Airtel Delhi Half Marathon ||7th||61:59|
|2016||Olympic Games Marathon||5th||2:11.15|
|2016||Lake Biwa Marathon||1st||2:09.19|
|2015||World Championships Marathon ||12th||2:16.58|
|2015||Gold Coast Marathon||6th||2:12.01|
|2015||World Championships Cross||48th|
|2013||Nanning Half Marathon||4th||62:58|
|2011||All African Games Maputo 10.000m||8th||29:58.20|
|Mesfin Teshome||ETH/1993 ||2:09:24|
While growing up in the village of Aleletu (Oromia region) Mesfin used to help his family with farming. His example who inspired him in running is the tiny figure of Tsegaye Kebede who was among the best marathoners for years. In the future Mesfin wants to continue helping his parents and also to become and investor.
|2016||Beijing Marathon ||3rd||2:11:56|
|2016||Dubai Marathon ||10th||2:09:24|
|2010||4 Ethiopian Championships Half Marathon||15th||63:30|
Duncan hails from the Keiyo region where many accomplished runners come from. Duncan now trains from PACE Kaptagat Training Camp. Duncan won Brighton Marathon twice in his career so far and run sub 2.10.00 twice in 2016 as well.
|2016||Great North Run ||5th||62:06|
|2015||Lisbon Marathon ||4th||2:13:03|
|2014||Nairobi Marathon||5th||2:14:31 (A)|
|Vitaliy Shafar||UKR/1982 ||2:09:37|
Vitaliy started to build his name after winning the 2003 National Cross title at a young age and making a winning debut in Marathon in 2006 in Warsaw. In 2012 Vitaliy represented Ukraine at the London Olympic Games. His first World Major Marathon he run in Boston in 2014 running a PB of2:09:37, later that year he also finished 5th in Toronto in another sub 2.10.00 performance.
|2016||London Marathon ||13th||2:12:36|
|2014||Boston Marathon ||4th||2:09:38|
In 2013 Yekeber made his debut in Hamburg Marathon running 2.18, later that year he also competed in Amsterdam and improved to a solid 2.09 performance. He so far won one marathon in Stockholm and is ready for another podium finish in a marathon. In 2016 he won the Egmond halfmarathon battling with strong head winds on the beach the times where slow.
|2016||Egmond Half Marathon||1st||68:08|
|Alfonce Kigen||KEN/1993||2:09:49 |
Training partner of both Gideon Kipketer and Valetine Kipketer the course record holders of the Mumbai Marathon. Close friend and training partner as well of Vincent Kipruto a 2.05 marathonner who has won marathons all over the world including prestigious marathons such as; Paris, Lake Biwa, Xiamen, Frankfurt and top 3 finishes in Rotterdam, Chicago among others. Alfonce started his international career by pacing various marathons such as Frankfurt and Xiamen Marathon where hegained experience before making his debut in 2016 Madrid Marathon.
|2016||Rennes Marathon ||3rd||2:09:49|
In his short career so far Eliud won three marathons already. Now he feels it’s time to step up to a higher level of competition in order to push his career to the next level.
|2013|| Libreville Marathon||4th|| 2:17:0|
|2013||Lyon Marathon ||1st|| 2:10:44|
|Alex Saekwo||KEN/1990 ||2:10:49 |
Alex started running because of running neighbour Erik Ndiema (an accomplished marathonerm himself). He inspired and motivated Alex to start trainng and become a marathon runner. So far Alex has had an impressive career with three victories and two t3rd place finishes. Alex is looking forwardn to battle for top 3 in his first Mumbai Marathon outing, and should be considered as one to watch.
|2016||Lyon Marathon s||1st||2:10:49|
|2014||Trieste Marathon ||3rd||2:17:58|
|2012||Nairobi Marathon ||16th|| 2:14:15 (A)|
|Lungile Congqa ||RSA/1979||2:11:59|
Lungile only started running competitively in 2007. Since then he competed over 10k and half marathon. In 2011 he made his marathon debut in Cape Town. This year he improved his personal best to 2:11:59 by finishing second in Cape Town Marathon. Mumbai marathon will be his international debut.
|2015||Cape Town Marathon||2nd||2:11:59|
|2015||Cape Town Half Marathon ||1st||68:08|
|2015||Atlantis Half Marathon||1st||64:44|
|2013||Mdantsane Real Gijimas 10k||3rd||29:09|
|2008||Bloemfontein Half Marathon ||4th|| 64:01|
|Bonsa Dida||ETH/1995 ||2:12:33 |
Bonsa Dida has represented Ethiopia at various World Championships. He was fourth at the World XC Junior Championships in 2011, 17th at the World XC Championships in 2013 and 14th at the 2015 World XC Championships in China. In 2014 he made his debut at the World Half Marathon Championships after finishing second at the Ethiopian Trials.
|2016||TCS Bangalore 10K||3rd||28:42|
|2016|| Ethiopian Olympic Trials 10.000m||12th||28:13:84|
|2016||Ethiopian Championships 10.000m||3rd||28:49:8 (A)|
|2015||World Championships Cross||14th|
|2015||Lille Half Marathon||2nd||60:19|
|2014||Hamburg Marathon ||10th||2:12:33|
|2014||World Championships Half Marathon||14th||61:12|
|2014||Ethiopian Championships Half Marathon||3rd||61:47 (A)|
|2011||World Junior Championships Cross ||4th|
|Joshua Kipkorir||KEN/1994||2:13:25 (A)|
Joshua comes from a big traditional Kenyan family, having 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He started running in 2015 following the footsteps of his brother Ronny Kiboss (a 2.12 Marathon runner).
|2015||Nairobi Marathon ||1st||2:13:25 (A)|
WOMEN ELITE ATHLETES MUMBAI MARATHON
Dinknesh, which means “wondrous one” in Amharic, grew up in the town of Bekoji, the renowned “Town of Runners”. As a young athlete she was brought to Addis Ababa by the organization ‘Running Across Borders’ and given coaching, accommodation and support to pursue a running career. She was the first to be part of the program and a classic example of what they are trying to do in East Africa: use sport to help youth achieve success in life. In 2010, Mekash traveled outside of her country for the first time, flying to Scotland to participate in the Loch Ness Marathon. She won in 2:46:39. She was surprised by seeing radiators used for heating the home. The arrival of the mail each day also caught her attention. She was inspired by her niece Elfenesh Alemu (4th in 2004 Olympic marathon, 2003 Tokyo winner) in the beginning of her running career. After a second place in Mumbai in 2013 and two win’s in 2014 and 2015, she hopes to come back with a win in 2017 after not competing in 2016!
|2016||Dubai Marathon ||8th||2:28:19|
|2015||Daegu Marathon ||2nd||2:29:44|
|2014||Hamburg Marathon ||2nd||2:27:29|
|2013||Paris Marathon ||4th||2:25:09|
|2012||Eindhoven Marathon ||3rd||2:30:31|
|2011||Riga Nordea Marathon||2nd|| 2:38:04|
|2010||Loch Ness Marathon||1st||2:46:39|
|Souad Aït Salem||ALG/1979||2:25:08 NR|
Souad has been a long distance specialist for years, she won North African, African, Pan-Arabic and Algerian titles and run national records over various distances. She competed in Olympics four times.In Rio she unfortunately couldn’t finish.
|2016||Olympic Games Marathon ||DNF|
|2014||Hannover Marathon ||1st||2:33:09|
|2008||Olympic Games Marathon ||9th||2:28:29|
|2007||Rome Marathon ||1st||2:25:08 NR|
|Derbe Godana ||ETH/1988 ||2:27:32 |
Out of 11 Marathon appearances Derbe won 3 times and finished top 2 (!) 7 times. A very unusual strong performance by a marathon runner. After suffering some injuries in 2016 she is now eager to come back with a podium finish in Mumbai.
|2015||Venice Marathon ||2nd||2:35:21|
|2013||Singapore Marathon ||2nd||2:41:12|
|2012|| Chongqing Marathon ||6th||2:28:52|
|2011||Carpi Marathon ||1st||2:32:22|
|2009||Reims Marathon ||1st||2:31:45|
|2009||Vienna Marathon ||2nd||2:31:31|
Chaltu comes from a small family having just one brother and one sister. She started running in 2009 as she saw her friends when they were running and like to join them. Chaltu is a very need lady finding cleaning her house as a hobby.
|2015||Warszawa Marathon||3rd|| 2:29:30|
Chaltu comes from a big family having four brothers and six sisters. She started training in 2010. With the money she earns through running she wants to better and settle her life at first, after that she also wants to help other people who don’t have food and need shelter. Besides running Chaltu spends much time in church finding this an important value in life.
|2015||Hangzhou Marathon ||2nd||2:38:25|
|2015||Liupanshui Marathon ||2nd||2:46:32|
|2015||Seoul International Marathon||5th||2:30:28|
|Alem Mekonnin ||ETH/1994||2:31:02|
Alem grew up in Sululeta (Oromia region), helping her family on a farm. Her father is the one that assisted Alem to start running, being a fan of Haile and Kenenisa watching them in television, Alem knew she wanted to become like them. Another runner that inspired her is Tirunesh Dibaba.
|2015||Casablanca Marathon ||1st||2:31:02|
|2015||Dubai Marathon ||15th||2:31:20|
|Bornes Kitur||KEN/1986 ||2:32:00|
Bornes Kitur ran her personal best in the 2014 Hannover marathon. She has little experience over the marathon distance however her quick half marathon time shows that she has potential to run quick over the full distance as well. Last year she came a surprise 2nd in Mumbai Marathon where she set her current PB.
|2016||Eldoret Marathon||1st||2:42:58 (A)|
|2016||Mumbai Marathon ||2nd||2:32:00|
|2016||Copenhagen Half Marathon||5th||70:00|
|2014||Hannover Marathon ||3rd||2:33:50|
|2014||Ljubljana Marathon ||5th||2:36:02|
|2014||Azkoitia-Azpeitia Half Marathon||2nd||70:32|
|2013||Eldoret KASS FM Marathon ||4th||2:45:52|
|2010||Rio de Janeiro 10k ||2nd||34:57|
Tigist is a young and upcoming athlete only having run three marathons so far, finishing on the podium twice. She set her PB in Beyrouth Marathon late 2016.
|2016||Lanzhou Marathon ||7th||2:42:16|
|2016||Marrakech Marathon ||2nd||2:33:03|
|Niluka Rajasekara ||SRI/1982||2:40:07|
After a track career Niluka started running marathon in 2014. In 2015 she competed in the difficult Hong Kong Marathon setting a Sri Lankan National record in a time of 2.40.07, by doing so she also qualified as the first Sri Lankan lady in history to compete in the Olympic Marathon of Rio.
|2016||South Asian Games Marathon||2nd||2:50:47|
|2015||World Military Games Marathon||17th||2:53:37|
|2015||World Championships Marathon||49th||2:50:40|
|2015||Hong Kong Marathon||16th||2:40:07 (NR)|
|Magdalena Shauri||TAN/1996 ||Debut|
Young and upcoming Magdalena has had a domestic track career before starting road races. She has been competing much in Brazil over the past years and now is looking ahead of making her debut.
|2016||Marrakech International 10k||1st||32:40|
|2016||Mount Meru Half Marathon||1st||69:22|
|2016||Dar es Salaam May Day Half Marathon||1st||72:15|
Mesirak Debilu will make her marathon debut in Mumbai. She has been in India before as she won the Jaipur half marathon back in 2014. She recently joined the training group of Getaneh Tessema in Addis Ababa to prepare for her debut marathon.
|2014||Jaipur Half Marathon||1st||73:55|