Worknesh Degefa Debele

Worknesh Degefa has an excellent record at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. The Ethiopian established herself as one of the world’s leading marathon runners last year, when she was runner-up in Dubai with a sensational time of 2:17:41.

Improving the Ethiopian record of superstar Tirunesh Dibaba by 15 seconds, she became the fourth fastest marathon runner ever at that time. She then dominated the Boston Marathon in April and won in 2:23:31.

Two years earlier Degefa caused an upset in Dubai, when she won her debut with 2:22:36. She returned to the race in 2018, taking fourth place in 2:19:53. Degefa planned to run the New York Marathon in early November 2019 but had to withdraw due to an injury.

The 29 year-old is a very consistent half marathon runner. She has a strong personal best of 66:14 and has run sub 68:00 on seven occasions. Degefa originally comes from Bale, a mountainous area south of Addis Ababa.





Best Time


(2nd, Dubai, 2019)