Yonas Kifle

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Eritrea Eritrea
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    5 NOV 1977
Yonas Kifle of Eritrea at the 2005 World Half Marathon Championships (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 7:53.02 Madrid 03 JUL 2002
5000 Metres 13:17.72 Sevilla 08 JUN 2002
10,000 Metres 27:35.72 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 08 AUG 2005
10 Kilometres 27:49 Udine 14 OCT 2007
15 Kilometres 42:15 Udine 14 OCT 2007
20 Kilometres 56:30 Udine 14 OCT 2007
Half Marathon 59:30 Udine 14 OCT 2007
25 Kilometres 1:13:58 Beijing (National Stadium) 24 AUG 2008
30 Kilometres 1:28:42 London 13 APR 2008
Marathon 2:07:34 Amsterdam 21 OCT 2007

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 8:34.41 Maebashi (Green Dome) 05 MAR 1999

Progression - Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 7:59.41 Doha 14 MAY
2002 7:53.02 Madrid 03 JUL

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 13:32.38 Lisboa 10 JUN
2002 13:17.72 Sevilla 08 JUN
2001 13:25.07 San Sebastián 18 AUG
1999 13:46.82 Sevilla (La Cartuja) 25 AUG

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 27:35.72 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 08 AUG
2004 27:40.92 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 31 MAY
2000 28:07.15 Hamburg 26 AUG

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2007 27:49 Udine 14 OCT
2006 28:13 Debrecen 08 OCT

15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2007 42:15 Udine 14 OCT
2006 42:46 Debrecen 08 OCT
2005 43:28 Edmonton 01 OCT
2002 43:25 Bruxelles 05 MAY

20 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2007 56:30 Udine 14 OCT
2006 57:49 Debrecen 08 OCT
2005 58:09 Edmonton 01 OCT

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2010 1:02:32 Den Haag 14 MAR
2008 1:02:34 Beijing (National Stadium) 24 AUG
2007 59:30 Udine 14 OCT
2005 1:01:13 Edmonton 01 OCT
2004 1:04:19 New Delhi 03 OCT
2002 1:01:05 Bruxelles 05 MAY

25 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2008 1:13:58 Beijing (National Stadium) 24 AUG
2007 1:15:34 Amsterdam 21 OCT

30 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2010 1:30:09 London 25 APR
2009 1:29:56 Berlin 22 AUG
2008 1:28:42 London 13 APR
2007 1:30:22 Amsterdam 21 OCT

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2012 2:08:51 Seoul 18 MAR
2010 2:14:39 London 25 APR
2009 2:08:28 London 26 APR
2008 2:08:51 London 13 APR
2007 2:07:34 Amsterdam 21 OCT

Progression - Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
1999 8:34.41 Maebashi (Green Dome) 05 MAR

Honours - 3000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
7th IAAF World Indoor Championships 13 8:34.41 Maebashi (Green Dome) 05 MAR 1999

Honours - 5000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
8th IAAF World Championships 10h2 13:44.16 Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium) 06 AUG 2001
7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 13h2 13:46.82 Sevilla (La Cartuja) 25 AUG 1999

Honours - 10,000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11 27:35.72 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 08 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 16 28:29.87 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 20 AUG 2004
27th Olympic Games 14h2 28:08.59 Sydney (Olympic Stadium) 22 SEP 2000

Honours - 20 Kilometres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
1st IAAF World Road Running Championships 10 57:49 Debrecen 08 OCT 2006

Honours - Half Marathon

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
2nd IAAF World Road Running Championships 5 59:30 Udine 14 OCT 2007
14th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 3 1:01:13 Edmonton 01 OCT 2005
13th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 11 1:04:19 New Delhi 03 OCT 2004
11th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 4 1:01:05 Bruxelles 05 MAY 2002

Honours - Marathon

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
14th IAAF World Championships f DNF Moskva (Luzhniki) 17 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 58 2:21:25 London (The Mall) 12 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics f DNF Daegu 04 SEP 2011
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics f DNF Berlin 22 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 36 2:20:23 Beijing (National Stadium) 24 AUG 2008

Honours - Senior Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 20 36:09 Edinburgh (Holyrood Park) 30 MAR 2008
35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships f DNF Mombasa 24 MAR 2007

Honours - Long Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 7 36:05 Fukuoka 02 APR 2006
33rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 15 36:37 Saint-Galmier 20 MAR 2005
32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 9 36:53 Bruxelles 21 MAR 2004
30th IAAF/Sport Ireland World Cross Country Championships 8 35:47 Dublin 24 MAR 2002
IAAF World Cross Country Championships 42 41:44 Oostende 25 MAR 2001
28th World Cross Country Championships 61 37:37 Vilamoura 19 MAR 2000


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Updated 12 October 2007

YONAS Kifle, Eritrea (5000m/ 10,000m/ cross country/ half-marathon)

Born 24 March 1977

Eclipsed lately by his younger countryman Zersenay Tadesse, Yonas Kifle was the first Eritrean athlete to make a mark internationally with his 8th place finish in the 2002 World Cross Country Championships 12km and his 4th place in the World Half Marathon six weeks later.

Kifle’s 10th place in the 2006 World Road Running Championships was his sixth top-10 and eleventh top-20 finish in a global championship event, including a bronze medal performance in the 2005 World Half Marathon. His consistency at this level promises a similarly creditable performance in Udine.

Personal Bests

5000m: 13:17.72 (2002)
10,000m: 27:35.72 (2005)
10 km: 28:29 (2002)
20 km: 57:49 (2006)
Half Marathon: 61:05 (2002)

Career Highlights

1999 13th,  3000m, World Indoor Championships
1999 13th,  5000m ht, World Championships
1999 11th,  5000m,  All Africa Games
1999 11th,  10,000m, All Africa Games
2000 61st, 12km  World Cross Country Championships
2000 14th,  10,000m ht, Olympic Games
2001 42nd, 12 km  World Cross Country Championships
2001 10th,  5000m ht, World Championships
2002   8th,  12km  World Cross Country Championships
2002   4th,  61:05  World Half Marathon Championships
2002   6th,  5000m, African Championships
2004   9th,  12 km World Cross Country Championships
2004 16th,  10,000m, Olympic Games
2004 11th, World Half Marathon Championships
2005 15th, 12 km World Cross Country Championships
2005 11th, 10,000m World Championships
2005   3rd, World Half Marathon Championship
2006   7th,  12 km World Cross Country Championships,
2006 10th,  20km World Road Running Championships
2007   3rd, Half Marathon  All Africa Games

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2004-07.

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