03 Aug 1999
In an international career totally just two years, the 21-year-old Ethiopian has already achieved a flurry of outstanding performances, which suggests her star quality.
On her maiden overseas race she showed her potential by cruising to victory in the Rabat Half Marathon in April 2019 in 1:09:13.
Then just four months later she returned to the Moroccan city to strike half marathon gold at the All African Games by repelling the challenge of her NNRT team-mate Degitu Azimeraw to win in 1:10:26.
At the 2019 New Delhi Half Marathon she finished second in 1:06:01 – finishing just one second behind NNRT athlete Tsehay Gemechu – before rounding off her season with wins in the 10km Great Ethiopian Run and Xiamen Half Marathon.
Earlier in 2020, she placed sixth in the RAK Half Marathon (1:06:35) before winning a brilliant bronze medal at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia. Yalemzerf produced a run of great maturity and hit the front in the latter stages only to be overhauled in the final sprint. Her stunning time of 1:05:19 was the second fastest ever by an Ethiopian female athlete for the distance.
In a further illustration of Yalemzerf’s rich potential, she climaxed her international 2020 campaign with a stunning display at the New Delhi Half Marathon by running a blistering 64:46. It was the second fastest women’s half marathon time in history, falling just 15 seconds shy of the world record mark.
In her most recent outing at the Istanbul Half Marathon, Yalemzerf trimmed a further six seconds from her PB, to place second and record the third fastest women’s half-marathon time in history.
Did you know?
Yalemzerf started running at the age of 12 and is currently working hard on her improving her English language skills.