Ali ABDOSH

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Ethiopia Ethiopia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    25 AUG 1987
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    242055
Ali Abdosh of Ethiopia chases the leading pack in the men's 5000m heats after a fall (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
5000 Metres 12:56.53 Bruxelles (BEL) 04 SEP 2009
10,000 Metres 27:04.92 Hengelo (NED) 26 MAY 2007
5 Kilometres 13:25 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 05 APR 2009
10 Kilometres 28:21 Boston, MA (USA) 24 JUN 2012
Half Marathon 1:03:36 Boston, MA (USA) 09 OCT 2011
Marathon 2:12:55 Xiamen (CHN) 03 JAN 2015

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
3000 Metres 7:45.96 Boston, MA (USA) 27 JAN 2007

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2015

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Marathon 2:12:55 Xiamen (CHN) 03 JAN 2015

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 14:22.53 Oordegem (BEL) 04 JUN 2011
2010 13:44.06 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2010
2009 12:56.53 Bruxelles (BEL) 04 SEP 2009
2008 13:06.52 Ostrava (CZE) 12 JUN 2008
2007 13:13.08 Ostrava (CZE) 27 JUN 2007
2006 13:01.44 Oslo (NOR) 02 JUN 2006
2005 13:56.92 Chiba (JPN) 23 NOV 2005
2004 13:49.93 Brazzaville (CGO) 18 JUL 2004

Outdoor

5 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2012 14:00 Boston, MA (USA) 15 APR 2012
2010 13:53 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 11 APR 2010
2009 13:25 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 05 APR 2009

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 28:54.69 Hengelo (NED) 27 MAY 2012
2009 27:09.40 Utrecht (NED) 14 JUN 2009
2007 27:04.92 Hengelo (NED) 26 MAY 2007
2005 29:24.14 Tunis (TUN) 02 SEP 2005

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2012 28:21 Boston, MA (USA) 24 JUN 2012
2011 29:44 Bangalore (IND) 05 JUN 2011
2010 29:36 Luanda (ANG) 31 DEC 2010
2009 28:26 Luanda (ANG) 31 DEC 2009

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2012 1:03:51 Boston, MA (USA) 07 OCT 2012
2011 1:03:36 Boston, MA (USA) 09 OCT 2011
2010 1:04:26 Nanning (CHN) 16 OCT 2010

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2015 2:12:55 Xiamen (CHN) 03 JAN 2015
2014 2:16:13 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 06 APR 2014
2013 2:15:22 Daegu (KOR) 14 APR 2013

Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006/07 7:45.96 Boston, MA (USA) 27 JAN 2007

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 5000 Metres 13:19.11 Berlin (GER) 23 AUG 2009

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Short Race 11:01 Fukuoka (JPN) 01 APR 2006

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 5000 Metres 13:50.64 Addis Abeba (ETH) 04 MAY 2008
4. 5000 Metres 13:49.93 Brazzaville (CGO) 18 JUL 2004
6. 5000 Metres 14:07.40 Bambous (MRI) 09 AUG 2006

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 5000 Metres 13:16.21 Algiers (ALG) 22 JUL 2007

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 10,000 Metres 29:24.14 Tunis (TUN) 02 SEP 2005

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:44.06 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2010
1. 5000 Metres 13:42.56 Addis Abeba (ETH) 03 MAY 2009
Results in:

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
03 JAN 2015 Xiamen International Marathon CHNCHN C F 6. 2:12:55
08 NOV 2015 Xichang Marathon CHNCHN E F 2. 2:13:04


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Updated 16/03/2006.

Ali Abdosh, Ethiopia (5000m, cross country)

Born:  Harari region, Ethiopia.

Lives in Addis Ababa.

Manager: Mark Wetmore.  Coaches: Tolossa Kotu, Melesse Feyissa.

Club: Defense

Ali Abdosh burst into the spotlight in early 2006 at the extremely competitive Ethiopian Cross Country National Championships, where he scored an upset victory in the 4K over World 5000m silver medalist Sileshi Sihine, national 12K cross country champion Abebe Dinkessa and 2004 double World Cross silver medalist Gebregziabher Gebremariam.

Ali had previously recorded notable results on a national level at the May 2004 Ethiopian track championships, where he won the second-tier regional competition’s 5000m in 14:14.13 (at Addis Ababa’s 2300m altitude), representing the eastern region of Harari. The national title at the top-level competition between clubs was won by World 10,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele in 13:34.03.

A year later at the May 2005 national track championships, Ali placed 5th in the first-tier club competition, representing the Defense Club (Olympic marathon champion Gezahegne Abera is also a member). Ali stayed with the leaders Gebregziabher, Dejene Berhanu and 2004 World Indoor bronze medalist Markos Geneti for the first eight laps, and finished in a personal best 13:51.7, ahead of more experienced runners such as Solomon Tsige and 2004 Great Ethiopian Run 10K runner-up Zenbaba Yegezu.

That November, Ali traveled to Chiba, Japan with the Ethiopian team for the international ekiden there, and won a 5000m track race between team reserves, running 13:56.92 to beat Kenya’s Philip Mosima.

Ali competed in the Ethiopian marathon relay championships in Nazret (Adama) in January, 2006, where his Defense Club placed second in 2:10:40, behind the Corrections Police team that was led to a 2:10:30 victory by Dejene.

But the breakthrough came the following month at Ethiopia’s World Cross trials. Ali remained in a lead pack of the 4K race, along with Sileshi, Abebe and Gebregziabher, until Sileshi took the lead with 500m to go and built up a margin over the next 200m, looking set for victory. It was then that Ali made his decisive move, surging past Sileshi to inflict a shock defeat, clocking 11:37 to Sileshi’s 11:39. His dramatic victory over repeat global medalists makes Ali one to watch closely in Fukuoka.

Personal best:  5000m  13:51.7  Addis Ababa  2005

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 Sabrina Yohannes for the IAAF. © 2006 IAAF.

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