Meet Yalemzerf

Date of birth
03 Aug 1999

Country
Ethiopia

Personal Bests
10.000m
32:21.00
5km
15:27
10km
31:55
Half Marathon
1:05:19

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.