Meet Zeineba

Date of birth
17 Jun 1998


Personal Bests
Half Marathon

Part of a legion of exciting Ethiopian talent within the NN Running Team, the versatile athlete looks set for a glittering future in the sport.

Born in South Wollo in the Amhara region, Zeineba started competing internationally in 2016 and make her breakthrough the following year, placing an impressive tenth in the U20 race at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala.

In 2018 the long-limbed athlete enjoyed a prolific year over the half-marathon distance claiming wins in Egmond aan Zee and Sendafa before later impressing at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, finishing a notable fifth in a PB of 68:07.

Zeineba, who is coached by Getamesay Molla, later that year lowered her half marathon PB to 66:21 placing fourth in Copenhagen.

During a busy 2019 campaign she impressed on the track winning a 10,000m silver medal at the All-Africa Games and posting a PB of 30:46.24 for the 25-lap distance in Hengelo.

On the road, she finished third in the RAK Half Marathon in a lifetime best of 65:46 and claimed victory over 15km in Valencia (46:52). Later that year she returned to the Spanish port city and ran a super-slick time 2:19:28 for fifth on her marathon debut.

In her most recent outing, at the 2020 Valencia Marathon, she performed admirably to place fourth in 2:19:54.

Did you know?

In 2019 she finished inside the world’s top ten for the 10,000m, 15km, half marathon and marathon.