Adva Cohen

Adva Cohen (אדוה כהן; born March 24, 1996) is an Israeli runner. As of 2019 she held the Israeli national records in the indoor mile, 3000 metres, and 5000 metres, and outdoor under-23 3000 metres steeplechase, 5000 metres, and half marathon.

Adva Cohen
Personal information
Native nameאדוה כהן
National teamIsrael
Born (1996-03-24) March 24, 1996 (age 24)
Jerusalem, Israel
College teamIowa Central Community College and University of New Mexico


Adva Cohen was born in Jerusalem, Israel.[1] Her mother, Rika, also runs. Cohen is the youngest of three children.[2] She attended high school at Ort Ramot.[1] She spent two years serving in the Israel Defense Forces.[3]

Running careerEdit

Cohen's first running coach was Roman Ferdman.[3][4]

Cohen won the Israeli national championships in the 1500 metres with 4:24.49 in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2017.[5] That year she was named the Israel Athletic Association's National Track and Field Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.[6]

She spent her freshman year of college in junior college at Iowa Central Community College, where she won nine individual NJCAA titles during the 2017-18 season.[4][7] She established NJCAA records in the mile (4:42.44), the 3000 m (9:29.04), and the 5000 m (16:16.50).[8] She was the 2017 NJCAA Cross Country individual champion, the 2017 Half Marathon individual champion, the 2017 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women's Athlete of the Year, the 2017 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year, an NJCAA and a Coaches Association All-American in both the NJCAA Cross Country Championships and the Half Marathon, and set a new Israeli national record with her Half Marathon time of 1:20:25.[9]

Cohen then transferred to the University of New Mexico as a sophomore, to compete with the New Mexico Lobos.[7] She is majoring in computer science.[3]

Cohen came in fifth in the 2018 European Athletics Championships in the 3000 metres with 9:29.74 in Berlin, Germany, in 2018.[5] She became the sixth college student to break the 9:30 time barrier, and her time ranked her 22nd in the world and met 2020 Olympics qualifying standards.[7][3]

In 2019, she came in second in the New Mexico Classic in the 800 metres indoor in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a time of 2:10.10.[5] Cohen also came in third in the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Clovis, California, in the 1500 metres with a time of 4:22.88, and then came in third at the 2019 European Athletics Team Championships Second League, Varazdin, with a time of 4:20.96.[5][10] She won the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque in the mile with a time of 4:45.98, and came in second in the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque in the mile with a time of 4:47.90.[5] She came in second in the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California in the 5000 metres with a time of 15:31.01.[5] She won the 2000 metres steeplechase at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open in Albuquerque with a time of 6:36.41.[5] She won the 3000 metres steeplechase at the Israel Jump Meet in Jerusalem, Israel, with a time of 10:00.11, and came in second in it at both the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California, with a time of 9:45.71, and the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, California, with a time of 9:44.41.[5]

As of May 2019 she held the Israeli national records in the indoor mile, 3K, and 5K, outdoor under-23 3,000-meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters, and half marathon.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Adva Cohen". Iowa Central Community College.
  3. ^ a b c d e Barker, Sarah (May 21, 2019). "From Israel to Iowa to the University of New Mexico, an Unlikely Path for a Steeple Star".
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Adva COHEN | Profile g".
  6. ^ "Adva Cohen named Israel's Track & Field National Breakthrough Athlete of the Year". Iowa Central Community College. December 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "New Mexico Transfer Adva Cohen Runs 9:29 Steeple at Euros".
  8. ^ "NJCAA National Award Winners for 2018 Indoor Season"
  9. ^ "Cross Country Post Season Award Winners". Iowa Central Community College. November 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "TFRRS | Adva Cohen - Track and Field Results & Statistics".