2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Asefa Mengstu

Learn more about the elite runners competing at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

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Asefa Mengstu’s all-comers recor at the 2016 Cape Town Marathon launched him onto the international stage.

Name: Asefa Mengstu

Country of Origin: Ethiopia

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He repeated his victory in South Africa in 2017, the same year he made his Abbott World Marathon Majors debut at the London Marathon, finishing seventh in 2:10:04. Mengstu’s biggest breakthrough came in 2018 at the Dubai Marathon where he crushed his PR by more than four minutes to finish fourth in 2:04:06. He followed that race with a win at the Seoul Marathon.

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He kicked off this year with a third place finish in Dubai in 2:04:24, and a runner-up finish at the Paris Marathon in 2:07:25.

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