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Gebregziabher Gebremariam
Home: Tigray, Ethiopia
Bib: #17
PRONUNCIATION:Geb-reg-zee-ab-er Geb-re-mare-ee-am
AGE: 26 (9/10/84)
PERSONAL BEST: 2:08:14 (New York, 2010)

07Nov10 ING New York City Marathon 1st 2:08:14

19Sep10 ING Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon 2nd 1:00:25
15Aug10 CIGNA Falmouth Road Race 1st 32:20
07Aug10 TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K 1st 27:40
04Jul10 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10K 1st 27:56
15May10 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 1st 27:42
28Mar10 IAAF World Cross Country Championships 10th 33:35
28Mar09 IAAF World Cross Country Championships 1st 35:02
17Aug09 IAAF World Championships 10,000m 10th 27:44.04
28Aug04 Olympic Games 5,000m, Athens 4th 13:15.35

The surprise winner in his marathon debut in New York City last year, Gebregziabher Gebremariam began competing internationally as a junior. In 2002 he won the World Junior Cross Country Championships and the World Junior Championships 10,000m and earned a bronze in the 5,000m. In 2004 he finished second at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in both the short and long races. Also in 2004 he made the Olympic Team and finished fourth in the 5,000m in Athens. After that early success, he did not medal at an international event until 2009 when he won the World Cross Country Championships. In 2010 he came to the United States to enjoy a string of wins on the roads, culminating with his win in New York City.

Gebremariam grew up on a farm in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and began running in high school. He moved to the capital and started training with Werknesh Kidane and her running club. Gebremariam and Kidane married in 2006 and the couple now has two young sons named Nathaniel and Muse. Boston will be the second marathon for both Gebremariam and Kidane.