Tamirat Tola

Tamirat Tola Abera (born 11 August 1991) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes in track, road and cross country events. He won the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Tamirat competed in the marathon at the 2017 and 2022 World Athletics Championships, earning silver and gold respectively, and setting a championship record in 2022.

Tamirat Tola
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Tamirat at the 2015 Berlin Marathon
Personal information
Full nameTamirat Tola Abera
Born (1991-08-11) 11 August 1991 (age 31)
Event(s)Long-distance running
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)


Tamirat Tola made his half marathon debut in Agadir in 2013, and 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, Tamirat participated in the World Championships held in London, earning the silver medal in the marathon with a time of 2:09:49.[5][6]

In 2022, he went one better in the marathon at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, winning gold and setting a championship record of 2:05:36 in the process.[7]


International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Result
Representing   Ethiopia
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 10,000 m 27:06.26
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd Marathon 2:09:49
2022 World Championships Eugene, OR, United States 1st Marathon 2:05:36 CR
World Marathon Majors
2015 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany Marathon DNF
2018 Boston Marathon Boston, MA, United States Marathon DNF
New York City Marathon New York, NY, United States 4th Marathon 2:08:30
2019 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:06:57
New York City Marathon New York, NY, United States 4th Marathon 2:09:20
2020 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:06:41
2022 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 3rd Marathon 2:04:14

Circuit winsEdit

Personal bestsEdit


  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.
  7. ^ Draper, Kevin (2022-07-17). "A Strategic Marathon Ends with a World Championships Record". The New York Times. ISSN 1553-8095. Retrieved 2022-07-17.

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