Alemayehu Shumye

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Alemayehu Shumye Tafere (1988 – 11 January 2013; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) was an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specialised in marathon running.[1]

Born in Nazret, he took up running seriously in 2004 when he moved to Addis Ababa with the hope of emulating the success of Haile Gebrselassie.[2] He made his marathon debut in 2008 at the Marathon del Riso in Vercelli and won the race in a time of 2:14:33.[3] He ran in two other marathons that year, winning the Warsaw Marathon in 2:11:50 – a course record and personal best – and then breaking the course record to win the Beirut Marathon in November.[2][4] He came tenth at the Zurich Marathon in 2009 and significantly improved his personal best at the Frankfurt Marathon, running a time of 2:08:46 for fifth place as the only non-Kenyan to reach the top eight.[5]

He was among the leaders of the Xiamen Marathon on January 2010, but fell back at the 35 km mark, eventually taking fifth place.[6] He returned to the race the following year and took third place in 2:09:58, his second sub-2:10 clocking.[7] In his second run of 2011 he finished in the top five of the Rotterdam Marathon, again running under two hours and ten minutes.[8] He was one of six men to go under the previous course record at the Ljubljana Marathon in October, but did not make the podium with his fifth-place finish.[9] Shumye won the Gold Coast Marathon on 1 July 2012 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[10]

He died in a car accident on January 11, 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Marathon runner Shumye dies in car crash". International Association of Athletics Federations. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Butcher, Pat (30 November 2008). "Shumye obliterates Beirut Marathon record". IAAF. Archived from the original on 26 June 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ Danesi, Federico (2008-05-02). Maratona del Riso Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). Podistidoc. Retrieved on 2011-01-02.
  4. ^ Alemayehu Tafere Shumye. MarathonInfo. Retrieved on 2011-01-02.
  5. ^ Butcher, Pat (25 October 2009). "Kirwa breaks course record with 2:06:14 in Frankfurt". IAAF. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  6. ^ Cartier, Cyrille (2 January 2010). "Lilesa and Bayisa lead Ethiopian sweep in Xiamen". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  7. ^ Cartier, Cyrille (2 January 2011). "Kipchumba breaks course record at Xiamen Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  8. ^ van Hemert, Wim (10 April 2011). "Chebet impresses with 2:05:27 victory in Rotterdam". IAAF. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  9. ^ Results October 2011. AIMS. Retrieved on 25 October 2011.
  10. ^ "2012 Gold Coast Airport Marathon". 1 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.

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