Abebe Dinkesa NEGERA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Ethiopia Ethiopia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    06 MAR 1984
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    188448
Abebe Dinkessa wins the 2005 Boclassic (Lorenzo Sampaolo)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
3000 Metres 7:40.00 London (GBR) 26 JUL 2008
5000 Metres 12:55.58 Paris (FRA) 01 JUL 2005
10,000 Metres 26:30.74 Hengelo (NED) 29 MAY 2005
10 Kilometres 28:24 Groesbeek (NED) 05 JUN 2004
15 Kilometres 42:43 Nijmegen (NED) 19 NOV 2006
10 Miles Road 47:26 Amsterdam (NED) 19 SEP 2010
20 Kilometres 1:04:48 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 MAY 2013
Half Marathon 1:00:03 Rotterdam (NED) 14 SEP 2008
Marathon 2:14:33 Dubai (UAE) 27 JAN 2012

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
3000 Metres 7:44.31 Stuttgart (GER) 04 FEB 2006
Two Miles 8:28.22 Boston, MA (USA) 28 JAN 2006

Latest Active Season: 2014

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Marathon 2:16:20 Dubai (UAE) 24 JAN 2014

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 7:40.00 London (GBR) 26 JUL 2008
2004 7:57.73 Gateshead (GBR) 27 JUN 2004
2002 7:56.41 Rhede (GER) 21 JUN 2002

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009 13:08.63 Hengelo (NED) 01 JUN 2009
2008 13:12.22 Milano (ITA) 02 JUL 2008
2006 13:13.40 New York, NY (USA) 03 JUN 2006
2005 12:55.58 Paris (FRA) 01 JUL 2005
2004 13:23.85 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 31 JUL 2004
2002 13:40.33 Arnhem (NED) 26 JUN 2002

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009 27:17.49 Utrecht (NED) 14 JUN 2009
2008 27:17.27 Pergine Valsugana (ITA) 12 JUL 2008
2006 28:05.07 Bambous (MRI) 13 AUG 2006
2005 26:30.74 Hengelo (NED) 29 MAY 2005
2004 27:23.60 Hengelo (NED) 31 MAY 2004

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2009 29:25 San Juan (PUR) 01 MAR 2009
2006 28:38 Rennes (FRA) 15 OCT 2006
2005 28:39 Bolzano (ITA) 31 DEC 2005
2004 28:24 Groesbeek (NED) 05 JUN 2004

Outdoor

15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2006 42:43 Nijmegen (NED) 19 NOV 2006

Outdoor

20 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2013 1:04:48 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 MAY 2013

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2012 1:01:38 Göteborg (SWE) 12 MAY 2012
2011 1:03:10 Egmond aan Zee (NED) 09 JAN 2011
2010 1:06:21 Abu Dhabi (UAE) 07 JAN 2010
2008 1:00:03 Rotterdam (NED) 14 SEP 2008
2005 1:01:53 Edmonton (CAN) 01 OCT 2005
2004 1:04:06 New Delhi (IND) 03 OCT 2004

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2014 2:16:20 Dubai (UAE) 24 JAN 2014
2012 2:14:33 Dubai (UAE) 27 JAN 2012

Outdoor

10 Miles Road

Performance Place Date
2010 47:26 Amsterdam (NED) 19 SEP 2010
2006 49:05 Amsterdam (NED) 17 SEP 2006

Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005/06 7:44.31 Stuttgart (GER) 04 FEB 2006

Indoor

Two Miles

Performance Place Date
2005/06 8:28.22 Boston, MA (USA) 28 JAN 2006

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 10,000 Metres 27:13.09 Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005

Honours - World Half Marathon Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Half Marathon 1:01:53 Edmonton (CAN) 01 OCT 2005
7. Half Marathon 1:03:04 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 12 OCT 2008
10. Half Marathon 1:04:06 New Delhi (IND) 03 OCT 2004

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. Long Race 35:37 St-Etienne (FRA) 20 MAR 2005

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 10,000 Metres 28:10.49 Brazzaville (CGO) 15 JUL 2004
3. 10,000 Metres 28:05.07 Bambous (MRI) 13 AUG 2006
7. 5000 Metres 13:42.30 Radés (TUN) 10 AUG 2002
Results in:

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
24 JAN 2014 Dubai Standard Chartered Marathon UAEUAE A F 23. 2:16:20


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Abebe Dinkessa, Ethiopia (3000/5000/cross country)

Born 6 March 1984, Dendhi, near Ambo, northern Ethiopia (also birthplace of 1992 Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Fita Bayissa)

Lives in Addis Ababa.
 
Manager: Jos Hermens. Coach: Tolosa Kotu (national) and Hussein Shebo (club) 

Club: Prisons Police

Second of three children, parents grain farmers.

Completed 10 years of school; plans to continue studies in near future.  

Abebe started running at 13 when his uncle brought him from Dendhi to Ambo to study and work in his shop. In Denhi, Abebe had walked and run 10 km to and from school. After three years, the uncle’s shop failed and Abebe was able to study and train full time. “If the shop hadn’t closed,’ says Abebe, “I wouldn’t have taken up running seriously.” At 17 he won the 5000m and took 5th in the 10,000m in the Ambo Interschool championships.

In July 2001, he made his first visit to Addis Ababa to take part intrials for the World Half Marathon championships. He finished 90th running barefoot, but was happy to have run with his idol Haile Gebrselassie. His uncle, who had accompanied him, was also pleased and gave him his blessing to take up running fulltime. He ran in a fewregional half marathon and cross country races in Ambo before moving to Addis Ababa to join the Ethiopian Electric & Power Corp. (EEPCO) club in September 2001.

In February 2002 he finished 9th in Ethiopia’s World Junior Cross trials, barefooted for the last time. Signed by manager Jos Hermens, he travelled to Holland for five track races  and finished the year with an impressive 4th in the Great Ethiopian Run, just yards behind Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam, Sileshi Sihine and Kenenisa Bekele.

In the 2002-03 cross country season, he raced three times in Spain (5th Amorebeita, 2nd Santander, 4th San Sebastian) and was preparing for the Ethiopian trials when he sustained a foot injury. He started the 4 km race at the trials and wound up aggravating a multiple fracture of his toes, curtailing his 2003 season until he returned to action in November, finishing 9th in the Great Ethiopian Run. He then ran two races in the Addis Ababa Municipal cross country championships, winning the 12 km and finishing 3rd in the 4km behind Dejene Berhanu and Maeregu Zewde.

Abebe made a promising return on the 2003-04 international cross country circuit in France and Belgium before going down with flu days before the Ethiopian World Cross trials. He finished 10th in the 4km race and dropped out of the 12km. Turning to the track, he finished 4th at 10,000m in the Ethiopian Championships in May behind Sileshi, Dejene, and Gebre-egziabher and was included in the provisional team for Athens. Unfortunately, a lackluster early track season in Europe (a distant 3rd in the Hengelo 10,000 in 27:23.60 behind the blazing pace of Sileshi and Haile, and modest PBs at 5000m in Spain and Belgium –13:30.92 and 13:23.85) was not enough to lift Abebe into the top three of Ethiopia’s world-leading 5000 and 10,000 ranks. “I was not disappointed,” he says, “because I knew the others were far better than me.”

As a consolation, Abebe was selected to run 10,000 in the African Championsihps in July in Brazzaville, where he finished 2nd (28:10.49) to Kenya’s 2001 World Champ Charles Kamathi. He then won the Ethiopian half marathon championships, but finished a disappointing 10th (64:06) in the World Championships in New Delhi.

He made up for New Delhi by winning the longest (12 km) stage in Japan’s Chiba Ekiden, helping Ethiopia take the team title. He then wrapped up the year with an outstanding turn of speed to win the 2004 Great Ethiopian Run.

Abebe’s current cross country season has been uneven—a win in Brussels in December over European champ Sergey Lebed and Olympic 10,000 bronze medalist Tadesse Zersenay, 2nd to Maeregu Zewde in Seville, then 6th in Elgoibar. But he came up trumps in Ethiopia’s World Cross trials, taking the 12 km title by an 18-second margin over Gebre-egziabher. This World Cross is Abebe’s first, but his coaches are confident that he is ready to medal.

Yearly Progression 5000/10,000:  2002 – 13:42.30/--;  2004 – 13:23:85 / 27:23.60

A note on Ethiopian names: Ethiopians are customarily referred to by first name or first and second name together, the second name being the father’s first name.

Prepared by Elshadai Negash for the IAAF “Focus on Africans” Project © 2005.

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