Lelisa Desisa is a 25-year-old Ethiopian long distance runner who specialises in the marathon. His personal best at the distance is 2:04:45, which he achieved at the 2013 Dubai Marathon, finishing first in a hard fought finish; four fellow countrymen finished sub-2:05. He also won the 2013 B.A.A. Boston Marathon.
Desisa earned a silver medal during the 2013 Moscow IAAF World Track and Field Championships in the marathon distance and a gold medal at the 2011 African Championships half marathon. His personal best at the distance is 59:30, which makes him the fifth fastest Ethiopian all-time.
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