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About me...

I grew up in rural Eritrea at 2400 metres above sea level where, as a boy, I had to walk up to 20km to school every day. In 2004, following the World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, I set myself to Switzerland. I became Swiss citizen in 2014. I live in Geneva, I’m married and have a son.

2016 was my most successful marathon year - Swiss record, European champion in half-marathon, seventh place at the Olympic games in Rio. My next goal is the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. I’m focused: searching for my limit. On the way, I'll be up against the running elite at national and international city runs as well as at the largest international city marathon events.



Personal best, 2:05:01

Berlin Marathon 2023

11th place, 2:05:10 PB, masters world record

Barcelona Marathon 2023

6th place, 2:06:43

Murten Fribourg 2022


Kopenhagen Half Marathon 2022

Personal best, masters world record

Zurich Marathon 2022

Swiss national record and personal best

World Championship Marathon in Doha 2019

9th place

Vienna City Marathon 2019

2nd place

New York City Marathon 2017

5th place, best European

Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016

Olympic Diploma, 7th place

European Championship 2016 in Amsterdam

European Champion Half-Marathon
Team European Champion Halb-Marathon

Seoul Marathon 2016

Swiss Record and PB

Barcelona Half-Marathon 2015

Win, PB and Swiss Record

European Championship 2014 in Zurich

Team bronze marathon

Personal Bests

Swiss record





10,000 m


10 km road


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