Tamirat Tola

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Tamirat Tola
Berlin-Marathon 2015 Runners 6.jpg
Tamirat at the 2015 Berlin Marathon
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Ethiopia
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 10,000 m
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 London Marathon
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Guiyang Team
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Silver medal – second place 2016 Cardiff Team

Tamirat Tola Abera (born 11 August 1991) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes in cross country running and road running. He was a team medallist for Ethiopia at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, having had top six finishes.


Tamirat made his half marathon debut in Agadir in 2013 then quickly improved to win the České Budějovice Half Marathon in a time of 1:02:04 hours. He improved his best further to 1:01:27 at the Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon,[1] then made a fast marathon debut with a time of 2:06:17 hours for fourth at the high-profile Dubai Marathon.[2]

Tamirat won the Ethiopian national title in cross country in 2015 which led to his selection for the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[3] Making his international debut, he took sixth place in the senior race which helped the Ethiopians narrowly take the team title on equal points with Kenya (Muktar Edris, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Atsedu Tsegay were the other point-scoring team members).[4] He had mixed fortunes in the rest of the season: he failed to finish the 2015 Berlin Marathon but set bests of 60:08 minutes for the half marathon and 27:22.64 minutes for the 10,000 metres.[1]

Several good performances on the circuit in late 2015/early 2016 led to wins at the Cross Internacional de Itálica, Cross International de la Constitución, Boclassic and Great Ethiopian Run.[1] He was part of the national team setup in 2016, this time for the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. He was again an essential team member with his fifth-place finish in a time of 60:06 minutes pushing Ethiopia (through Abayneh Ayele, Tamirat, and Mule Wasihun) to the team silver medals.[4]

In 2017 Kirui participated in the World Championships held in London, winning the silver in the Marathon, with a time of 2:09:49.[5][6]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2015 World Cross Country Championships Guiyang, China 6th Senior race 35:33
1st Team 20 pts
2016 World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff, United Kingdom 5th Half marathon 1:00:06
2nd Team 3:01:16
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 10,000m 27:06.26
2017 World Championships in Athletics London, United Kingdom 2nd Marathon 2:09:49

Circuit wins[edit]

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Tamrat Tola. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-03-29.
  2. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2014-01-24). Teenager Mekonnen's stunning marathon debut win in Dubai. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-29.
  3. ^ Gebrhiwet and Yalew lead Ethiopia's World Cross team for Guiyang. IAAF (2015-03-18). Retrieved on 2016-03-29.
  4. ^ a b Tamirat Tola. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-29.
  5. ^ "Marathon Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 9 Aug 2017.
  6. ^ "World Championships 2017: Callum Hawkins fourth as Geoffrey Kirui wins marathon". bbc.com. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.

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