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Muktar Edris (born 14 January 1994) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes in track and cross country races.

Muktar Edris
Muktar Edris 2013.jpg
Edris in 2013
Personal information
Born (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 25)
Siltʼe Zone, Ethiopia
Height171 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Event(s)Long-distance running
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000 m – 7:47.99 (2014)
5000 m – 12:54.83 (2014)
10,000 m – 27:17.18 (2015)[2]


Muktar made his first international appearances in 2011, taking seventh place in the junior race at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships (sharing the team silver medal) and finishing fourth in the 10,000 metres at the 2011 African Junior Athletics Championships with a time of 28:44.95 minutes.[3][4]

He began to raise his profile in 2012 with two prominent wins on the junior stage. First he defeated Kenyan opposition to win at the 2012 African Cross Country Championships,[5] and then he went on to take the 5000 metres gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[6] He performed well in the 5000 m that year, taking the Ethiopian national title (in the absence of many established runners). He won over the distance at the Meeting Lille Métropole and competed on the Diamond League for the first time, setting a best of 13:04.34 minutes at the Meeting Areva in Paris.[7] He had podium finishes on the Italian road circuit towards the end of the year, coming third at the Giro di Castelbuono and close to victory at the BOClassic, where he recorded the same time as winner Imane Merga.[8][9]

He performed well in cross country at the start of 2013, winning the Campaccio, Cross della Vallagarina and Cinque Mulini races.[10][11] He followed this up with a bronze in the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in the junior race behind compatriot Hagos Gebrhiwet. In his first road outing of the year he won the Giro Media Blenio race.[12]

In Stockholm, 21 August 2014 he recorded the fastest time in the world so far that year with 12:54.83.[2]

On 12 August 2017, he won the 5000 metres at the World Championships in Athletics 2017 London beating Mo Farah in his last track race at the world championships. The Gold medal was the second for Ethiopia in London 2017 enhancing its world ranking to number 4 on the day.[13]

On 30 September 2019, he won the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha on the 5000m race at a time of 12:58.85.

Personal bestsEdit


  1. ^ "Athletes – Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes". 14 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Muktar Edris IAAF. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  3. ^ "2011 World Cross Country Junior Men's Race Results". IAAF. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  4. ^ 2011 African Junior Championships. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved 26 January 2013. Archived 30 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Williamson, Norrie (19 March 2012). "Langat and Chepkirui take African XC titles in Cape Town". IAAF. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  6. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (14 July 2012). "Barcelona 2012 – Event Report – Men's 5000m Final". IAAF. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  7. ^ Negash, Elshadai (14 June 2012). "Driba and Endris impress at Ethiopian Champs". IAAF. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (27 September 2012). "T. Bekele impresses with 10km victory in Castelbuono – REPORT". IAAF. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  9. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2 January 2013). "Favourites Merga and Kibet win in Bolzano". IAAF. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  10. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (6 June 2013). "Edris and Degefa take Ethiopian double at Campaccio". IAAF. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  11. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (3 February 2013). "Ethiopia's Edris and Godfay take the Cinque Mulini honours". IAAF. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  12. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (1 April 2013). "Edris adds his name to illustrious list of winners in Dongio". IAAF. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Edris ends Farah's invincibility in final race". 12 August 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018 – via Reuters.

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