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Deressa Chimsa
Home: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Bib: #14
PRONUNCIATION:De-res-sa Chim-sa
AGE: 34 (11/21/76)
PERSONAL BEST: 2:07:54 (Dubai, 2009)

WORLD MARATHON MAJORS:
22Aug09 IAAF World Championships, Berlin DNF

ADDITIONAL MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS:
21Jan11 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 4th 2:09:08
11Apr10 Daegu International Marathon 1st 2:08:45
16Jan09 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2nd 2:07:54
12Oct08 Eindhoven Marathon 12th 2:13:04
18Jan08 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 7th 2:10:16

CAREER NOTES:
After setting a personal best with a runner-up spot in Dubai in 2009, Deressa Chimsa won the Ethiopian National Half Marathon Championships at altitude in 62:16. At the World Marathon Championships, he was unable to finish for the Ethiopian team. Rebounding in 2010, he won in Daegu, the city hosting the World Marathon Championships this year. Chimsa said, “I have chosen to run in Boston because this is a Major Marathon with a lot of history involved. For me it is a great chance to show what I can achieve as a professional athlete. I expect good results, and because I will compete against very strong athletes, I do hope I will show everybody my potential.”

PERSONAL NOTES:
Chimsa started running as a boy and said, “I always felt that running was what I really wanted to do in my life. This kind of activity was appealing, so I decided to train always harder and harder and make running my job.” Chimsa trains in Addis Ababa and in Sebeta, Sululta, Sendafa, and Holeta.