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Buzunesh Deba

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BUZUNESH DEBA
ETHIOPIA

BIRTHDATE:
8 September 1987

PERSONAL BEST:
2:19:59 (Boston, 2014)

WORLD MARATHON MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

21Apr14 Boston Marathon 2nd 2:19:59
03Nov13 ING New York City Marathon 2nd 2:25:56
06Nov11 ING New York City Marathon 2nd 2:23:29
07Nov10 ING New York City Marathon 10th 2:29:55
01Nov09 ING New York City Marathon 7th 2:35:54

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

13Jan13 Houston Marathon 2nd 2:24:26
05Jun11 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon 1st 2:23:31
20Mar11 Los Angeles Marathon 1st 2:26:34
05Dec10 California International Marathon 1st 2:32:13
03Oct10 Twin Cities Marathon 1st 2:27:24
19Jun10 Grandma's Marathon 1st 2:31:35
21Feb10 Jacksonville Marathon 1st 2:33:08
06Dec09 California International Marathon 1st 2:32:17
27Sep09 Moline Marathon 1st 2:44:22

CAREER NOTES:

Buznesh Deba finished second in her third straight World Major Marathon event at Boston in 2014. However she made a significant time barrier breakthrough, cracking 2 hours 20 minutes by one second.

At the 2011 ING New York City Marathon, Deba made a spirited bid to become the first New York City resident to win the race. She fell four seconds short - the second closest margin in race history - to her countrywoman Firehiwot Dado.

In 2013 she raced out to a huge lead, more than three minutes, only to have Priscah Jeptoo roar by her in Central Park. For the second consecutive NYC Marathon she wound up second.

Among her 13 career marathons, New York City and Houston (where she was also second in 2013) are the only races she has not won. In 2011 she took the southern California double - with victories at both Los Angeles and Rock 'n' Roll San Diego. Her 2:23:31 at the latter race was the fastest time ever run in California.