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Marhu Teferi, also known as Teferi Marhu[1] (מארו טפרי; born August 17, 1992) is an Ethiopian-born Israeli marathon runner who represented Israel at the 2016 Olympics in the Marathon. He has set Israeli records in both the half marathon and marathon.

Marhu Teferi
מארו טפרי
Berlin-Marathon 2015 Runners 32.jpg
Teferi at the 2015 Berlin Marathon
Personal information
Native nameTeferi Marhu
National team Israel
Born (1992-08-17) August 17, 1992 (age 27)
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
Event(s)Half marathon, Marathon
Updated on 10 August 2016.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Teferi was born in Ethiopia, and moved to Israel at the age of 14.[2] His wife Selamawit Bayoulgn, an Ethiopian-born Israeli citizen as well, is a mid- and long-distance runner.[3]

Running careerEdit


Teferi is an Israeli half marathon champion, having won the title in December 2015, ahead of Berihun We've and Israeli Olympian Ageze Guadie.[4][5]

Due to his 2:18.19 finish in the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2016, in which he came in 23rd, he qualified for the 2016 Olympics.[6][7]

He competed for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the marathon, and finished 74th out of 155 runners, with a time of 2:21:06.[8]


In January 2018, Teferi finished in second place (2:18.35) at the Tiberias Marathon.[9] In August 2018, he ran a 2:13:00 and broke the Israeli marathon record (set in 2003 by Ayele Seteng), while coming in seventh in the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany.[2]

In February 2019 he ran the Seville Marathon in 2:10:11 in Seville, Spain.[10] In April 2019 Teferi set a new Israeli half-marathon record at 1:02:05, winning a race in Berlin.[11]

On 27 October 2019, he ran the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:08:09 in Frankfurt, Germany, setting a new Israeli record and finishing in 6th place.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Athletics - Teferi Marhu (Israel)". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  2. ^ a b "Marhu Teferi breaks Israeli marathon record set in 2003" | The Times of Israel
  3. ^ "Long-distance runner Selamawit Bayoulgn receives Israeli citizenship" - Sports - Haaretz
  4. ^ Ben, Almog (2016-04-24). "An Ethiopian Israeli's Run From His Trailer Home to the Rio Olympics - Sports". Haaretz. Retrieved 2016-08-06.
  5. ^ "Israeli Olympic profiles: Marhu Teferi - Israel News". Jerusalem Post. 2016-07-31. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  6. ^ "Israeli Olympic profiles: Marhu Teferi - Israel News". Jerusalem Post. 2016-07-31. Retrieved 2016-08-06.
  7. ^ "Resultados: Maratón de Rotterdam (Hombres) | Acicas Runner´s". 2006-02-15. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  8. ^ "Olympic Athletics Results" - Sports - - Providence, RI
  9. ^ "Drama abounds in all aspects of Tiberias Marathon" - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
  10. ^ Maru TEFERI | Profile |

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