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Hagos Gebrhiwet Berhe (Tigrinya: ሓጎስ ገብረሂወት, born 11 May 1994) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner and the former World Junior Record holder in the 5000 meters (12:47:53).

Hagos Gebrhiwet
Hagos Gebrhiwet Rio2016.jpg
Gebrhiwet at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born11 May 1994 (1994-05-11) (age 25)
Ts'a'ida Imba, Tigray Region, Ethiopia[1]
ResidenceAddis Ababa[2]
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Country Ethiopia
SportLong-distance running
ClubMesfin Industrial Engineering[2]
Coached byHussein Shibo
Yilma Berta (national)
Kasshu Gebre-egziabher[2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000 m – 7:30.36 (2013)
5000 m – 12:45.82 (2018)[2]


Early lifeEdit

Born in the Tigray Region, he took up running seriously in 2010.[3] He came sixth in the 5000 metres at the 2011 Ethiopian National Championships and was selected to run the 3000 metres at that year's World Youth Championships,[4] where he finished fifth with a time of 7:45.11 minutes.[5] Hagos noted that his first national selection had helped him develop his running and he went on to win the junior title at the Ethiopian Club's Cross Country, competing for Mesfin Engineering.[6]

Early careerEdit

His first major win came soon after, as he took the title at the San Silvestre Vallecana 10 km race in Spain. He defeated Spain's top distance runners and edged Teklemariam Medhin at the line in a personal best time of 27:57 minutes.[7]

Career accomplishmentsEdit

He came fourth in the junior section of the 2012 African Cross Country Championships. Hagos made his debut on American soil at the Boston Indoor Games, taking fourth place in a best of 7:44.08 minutes for the 3000 m.[3] Still 17 years old, he was runner-up to World medallist Dejen Gebremeskel at the Carlsbad 5000.[8] His time of 13:14 minutes was the fastest 5K road time ever for a junior athlete.[9] He entered his first 5000 m Diamond League event at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in May and upset the field by winning in wet conditions, setting a meet record time of 13:11.00 minutes and beating athletes including Kenenisa Bekele and Augustine Choge.[3] He performed well on the major circuit, coming runner-up at the Bislett Games, then setting a 5000 m world junior record of 12:47.53 minutes as runner-up at the Meeting Areva. He was selected for the Ethiopian Olympic team and came eleventh in the 5000 m Olympic final.[1] He ended the year with a win at the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa.[10]

In February 2013, he set a new junior world record in the 3000 m by winning the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, beating Dejen Gebremeskel and Galen Rupp with a time of 7:32.87. In March 2013 he won the junior world cross country title in Bydgoszcz, Poland. At the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Gebriwhet won the silver medal in the 5000 m. He leaned at the finish line to beat Kenyan Isaiah Koech, and both were timed at 13:27.26. In March 2014, Gebrhiwet finished fifth in the 3000 m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in a time of 7:56.34.

Major competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 5000 m 13:51.86
May 2015 2015 IAAF Diamond League Doha, Qatar 1st 3000 m 7:38.08
2014 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 5th 3000 m 7:56.34
2013 2013 World Championships in Athletics Moscow, Russia 2nd 5000 m 13:27.26
2013 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 8 km 21:04
2012 2012 IAAF Diamond League Paris, France 2nd 5000 m World Junior Record (12:47.53)
2011 World Youth Championships Lille, France 5th 3000 m 7:45.11


  1. ^ a b c Hagos Gebrhiwet.
  2. ^ a b c d Hagos Gebrhiwet at IAAF
  3. ^ a b c Johnson, Len (19 May 2012). Gebrhiwot makes a big splash in Shanghai – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2012.
  4. ^ Negash, Elshadai (9 May 2011). Kuma, Korme, Feyisa and Cheru among the winners as Ethiopian Champs come to a close Archived 1 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2012.
  5. ^ Gebrhiwet Hagos. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2012.
  6. ^ Negash, Elshadai (13 December 2011). Tadesse and Assefa take Ethiopian Clubs XC titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2012.
  7. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (1 January 2012). Gebrehiwot surprises, Dibaba signals strong return in Madrid 10Km – San Silvestre Vallecana report. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2012.
  8. ^ Rosenthal, Bert (2 April 2012). Gebremeskel, Dibaba Win Carlsbad 5000. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2012.
  9. ^ Hagos Gebrhiwet Wins Men's 5000m Final | Zurich Diamond league. Retrieved on 10 September 2016.
  10. ^ Negash, Elshadai (26 November 2012). Gebrhiwet and Kebede take Addis Ababa 10-K wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 14 February 2013.

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