Getu Feleke

Getu Feleke

Athlete of Global Sports Communication

Date of Birth 28 November 1986
Country Ethiopia
Distance(s) Marathon
Sponsor Nike

Personal best(s)

Half Marathon 59:56 2010
Marathon 2:04:50 2012

Biography

Getu Feleke is an Ethiopian marathon athlete who started running when he was a child. Living in a small village with his father and brother, he had to run 5km to school every day. After graduating from high school Getu worked as a butcher for three years.

His first podium place in a big marathon was the first place at the Amsterdam Marathon in 2010 where he entered the race as the fourth fastest on paper. He left the competition as the fastest man, slicing over half a minute off Yegon's year-old course record with a run of 2:05:44. He paid thanks to his trainer, former athlete Getaneh Tessema, for his first victory over the distance with a time establishing him as the fifth fastest Ethiopian ever over the marathon. He improved his personal best at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon where he took the second place in a time of 2:04:50. One year later he returned to this marathon and placed second again.

After making his debut in Vienna in 2009, Getu Feleke decided to return to the Austrian capital in 2014. He ran away from the leading pack at 30k and broke the course record with more than one minute.

Most significant results

2015 Barcelona Half Marathon 2nd 60:45
2014 Vienna Marathon 1st CR 2:05:41
2013 Rotterdam Marathon 2nd 2:06:45
2013 RAK Half Marathon 7th 60:26
2012 Montferland Run 15k 3rd 42:53
2012 Rotterdam Marathon 2nd 2:04:50
2010 Amsterdam Marathon 1st 2:05:44
2010 Prague Marathon 4th 2:08:04
2009 Amsterdam Marathon 8th 2:09:32