Markos Geneti

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Markos Geneti at the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon

Markos Geneti (born May 30, 1984 in Gute, a small township about 10 km east of Nekemte in Eastern Wollega, the State of Oromia) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who previously competed in track running, but now is a road specialist.


He won the 3000 metres title at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics and stepped up a level to take the silver medal over 5000 metres at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics the following year. Turning to senior competition, he was the runner-up in the 5000 m behind Hailu Mekonnen at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games and went on to claim the bronze medal in the 3000 m at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships, he competed in that event twice at the IAAF World Athletics Final, in 2004 and 2005, but failed to win a medal on either occasion.[1]

He made his global outdoor debut at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, where he reached the semi-finals of the 1500 metres. Geneti ran a 3000 m best of 7:32.69 minutes at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix in February 2007.[1] The following month he then made his debut at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where his 15th-place finish was the second best performance by an Ethiopian (after Tadese Tola).[2]

In March 2011, he won the Los Angeles Marathon, breaking the record by almost two minutes in his first marathon attempt, his time of 2:06:35 was at that point the sixth fastest ever for a first-time marathoner.[3] In his second race at the 2012 Dubai Marathon he ran a personal best time of 2:04:54 hours, but in one of the fastest races ever, he took third place behind Ayele Abshero and Dino Sefir,[4] he did not return to competition until December, when he ran at the Honolulu Marathon and placed second to Wilson Kipsang.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 1st 3000 m 7:55.82
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 5000 m 13:28.83
2003 Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 2nd 5000 m 13:49.61
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 3000 m 7:57.87
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 3000 m 7:42.24
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th (semis) 1500 m 3:42.80
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 9th 3000 m 7:41.76
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 15th Senior race (12 km) 37:49

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  1. ^ a b Geneti Markos. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  2. ^ 2007 World XC Championships - Men's Race Results. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  3. ^ Reavis, Tony (2011-03-21). Geneti debuts with 2:06 in LA. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-01-27). Abshero stuns with 2:04:23 debut, Mergia clocks 2:19:31 in Dubai. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-04.
  5. ^ Monti, David (2012-12-09). Kipsang and Galimova win windy Honolulu Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-14.

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