One of the NN Running Team’s most exciting, young marathon talents, Birhanu’s future development will be keenly anticipated.
Born and raised in Woliso – around 100km south west of Addis Ababa – the diminutive Ethiopian arrived on the distance-running scene by finishing second in the 2012 Great Ethiopian Run.
Launching his career internationally the following year, Birhanu, then aged just 18, proved a quick learner blitzing to a superlative 27:34 – the third fastest 10km road time in the world for 2013 – in Taroudant, Morocco.
Stepping up to the half-marathon distance in 2015, the quick-finishing Ethiopian continued to impress, claiming victory over the 21.1km distance in Berlin (59:45) before racing to top spot in a blistering 59:20 in New Delhi – the joint-third fastest time in the world that year.
Further half marathon victories followed in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE in 2016 and New Delhi once again in 2017.
Making a stunning marathon debut to record 2:04:15 for sixth in the Dubai Marathon in January offered clear evidence of his outstanding potential over the 42.2km distance. In his most recent outing, the 24-year-old finished a solid tenth in October’s Chicago Marathon (2:08:41).
Did You Know?
Birhanu started his athletics life as an talented sprinter, winning area 100m and 200m titles.