Helen Bekele Tola

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Helen Bekele Tola
Helen Bekele Tola 2019 (cropped).jpg
Tola during the 2019 Corrida bulloise [fr]
Personal information
Born (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 26)
Ethiopia
Sport
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Helen Bekele Tola (born 21 November 1994) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She finished second at the 2019 Tokyo Marathon and has won the Annecy and Barcelona Marathons, as well as multiple other long-distance events. Born in Ethiopia, she now lives in Switzerland.

Personal life[edit]

Helen Bekele Tola was born in Ethiopia. In 2005, she moved to Geneva, Switzerland.[1] Tola is married to Tesfaye Eticha, who competed for Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]

Career[edit]

Tola competes for the Stade Geneva athletics club.[2] In 2015, Tola won the Basel Stadtlauf [de], a 5.9 kilometres (3.7 mi) race around the city.[3] In 2016, Tola won the Annecy Marathon, breaking the course record by over three minutes.[4] In the same year, she came second at the Lake Maggiore Half Marathon in a time of 1:15:37.[5] In 2017, she won the Barcelona Marathon in a course record time of 2:25:04. It was over four minutes better than her previous personal best.[6][7] In the same year, she won the Switzerland Marathon light [de] half-marathon event in a course record time of 1:09:47.[8] In 2018, Tola came second at the 10km Corrida de Houilles race,[9] sixth at the Berlin Marathon,[10] and ninth at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon.[11]

In 2019, Tola finished second at the Tokyo Marathon, in a personal best time of 2:21:01.[10][12] She also finished fourth at the Berlin Marathon,[1] and was in the leading group of four racers, alongside eventual winner Ashete Bekere, Mare Dibaba, and Sally Chepyego Kaptich, for most of the race.[13] She finished in 2:21:36, 25 seconds slower than her personal best.[14] Later in the year, Tola won the 17.7 kilometres (11.0 mi) Murtenlauf [de] race from Murten to Fribourg in a course record time of 57:50. She broke Franziska Rochat-Moser's 22 year old previous record by over a minute.[15][16][17] She also won the 10km race at the Lausanne Marathon,[1] the 10km San Silvestre Vallecana, in a personal best time of 30:47,[12] and the Scalata al Castello 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) race in Arezzo, Italy.[18]

In 2020, Tola won the Madrid 10k Run, beating pre-race favourite Ruth Chepng'etich. She finished in 30:50, the fourth fastest ever time at the event.[19] Later in the year, she came second at a Berlin 10k invitational event; her time of 30:59 was the fifth fastest time of the year.[20] She also came fourth in the one hour run race of the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League event.[21]

Tola has also won the road race at the Escalade de Genève on four occasions.[14] Tola has expressed a desire to represent Switzerland at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "HELEN BEKELE TOLA ET SIMONE TROXLER, DESTIN CROISÉ DE SUISSESSES". Le Multimedia.info (in French). 29 October 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  2. ^ "François Leboeuf : "Tout à coup, Helen Bekele était à côté de moi !"". Athle.ch (in French). 10 October 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Äthiopierin überrascht am Stadtlauf". Telebasel (in German). 28 November 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Marathon d'Annecy : Kennedy Lagat Kipyego et Helen Bekele-Tola victorieux" (in French). Marathons.fr. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Strada, la domenica di corsa". Italian Athletics Federation (in Italian). 7 March 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Bekele breaks Barcelona course record". World Athletics. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Récord femenino de Helen Bekele en la Zurich Marató de Barcelona". Carreras Populaires (in Spanish). 12 March 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Streckenrekord beim "Switzerland Marathon light"". Luzerner Zeitung (in German). 3 September 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Corrida de Houilles : Wanders améliore son record d'Europe du 10 km". French Athletics Federation (in French). 31 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Premierensieg für Ruti Aga in Tokio" (in German). Run Austria. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  11. ^ "RAK Half Marathon am 9. Februar 2018: Wieder eine Flut von Fabelzeiten im Emirat" (in German). Run.hwinter.de. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Helen Bekele Tola y Bashir Abdi, campeones en Vallecas". ABC (in Spanish). 31 December 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Kenenisa Bekele misses out on world record by two seconds at Berlin Marathon". The Guardian. 29 September 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Marathon de Berlin : Kenenisa Bekele frôle le record du monde, Helen Bekele Tola finit excellente 4e". Athlet.ch (in French). 29 September 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Helen Bekele Tola dynamite le record de Morat-Fribourg". Tribune de Genève (in French). 6 October 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Helen Bekele Tola lief neuen Streckenrekord". Der Murternbieter (in German). 8 October 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Victoire et record pour Helen Bekele". La Liberté (in French). 6 October 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  18. ^ "Nouvelle victoire pour Helen Bekele Tola". Athlet.ch (in French). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  19. ^ "Chepngetich Beaten In Madrid 10k Run". 98.4 Capital FM. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Top-Zeiten und Bestzeiten-Hagel". Runner's World (in German). 26 September 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  21. ^ "One Hour Women" (PDF) (pdf). Diamond League. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.

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