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Birhanu Legese

Birhanu Legese

Born: 11/09/1994 
Marathon best: 2:02:48 

Legese is the third-fastest marathoner in history and a two-time winner of the Tokyo Marathon. The Ethiopian’s personal best of 2:02:48 was set when he finished second behind countryman Kenenisa Bekele at the 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon, a time which propelled him to third in the all-time marathon rankings behind Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge. His Tokyo wins came in 2019 and 2020. 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.

London Marathon record

  • None 

Other Abbott World Marathon Majors


  • 2018: 10th (2:08:41)


  • 2019: 1st (2:04:48)
  • 2020: 1st (2:04:15)


  • 2019: 2nd (2:02:48) 

Other major city marathons


  • 2018: 6th (2:04:15)


  • 2020: 3rd (2:03:16)

Marathons in major championships

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