Tsegaye Kebede


  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Date of Birth: 15 January 1987

Tsegaye Kebede is a friendly and enthusiastic marathon athlete from Ethiopia and is one of the most stable marathon athlete of the last years. He performs well in every marathon and has won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, bronze medal at the WC in Berlin and claimed victories in Paris, Fukuoka, London and Chicago marathon.


He started training in the group of Ethiopian coach Getaneh Tessema in 2006 which led to his marathon debut in the 2007 Amsterdam marathon. His first success year was 2008 where he won Paris marathon, a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics and where he won Fukuoka marathon in a new personal best of 2:06:10. He continued his progress in 2009 by finishing second behind Samuel Wanjiru in London marathon, a third place at the World Championships in Berlin and a victory in Fukuoka. He also lowered his personal best to 2:05:18 which  made him the second fastest Ethiopian athlete ever.


One year later he almost equaled his personal best by winning the London marathon in 2:05:19 and he finished second in the Chicago marathon of 2010, where Samuel Wanjiru passed him in the final meters after a thrilling race. In 2011 Tsegaye Kebede took the bronze medal in the New York City marathon.


In the 2012 London marathon Tsegaye Kebede lost the silver medal in the sprint to Martin Lel and secured the third place. Although Ethiopia did not send Kebede to the London Olympics, Kebede kept on training. This resulted in a new personal best of 2:04:38 and a victory in Chicago marathon. In 2013 Tsegeye Kebede returned to London and won this strong race for the second time. At 35k he was almost a minute behind the leaders but he used his experience and strong tactics to catch the other athletes one by one. This victory made him the athletes with the most sub 2:08 finishers all time.  


After taking the fourth place at the World Championships in Moscow, he came to New York to secure the victory in the men's 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors cycle. And so he did, by taking the second place in the New York City Marathon 2013. At the 2014 London Marathon Tsegaye finished as third in a very competitive field.

Personal bests

  • Marathon: 2:04:38
  • Half Marathon: 59:35
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