Home: Bokoji, Ethiopia
PRONUNCIATION: Tear-fee Sa-gay
AGE: 26 (11/25/84)
PERSONAL BEST: 2:22:44 (Toronto, 2010)
26Sep10 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2nd 2:22:44
11Apr10 Paris Marathon 3rd 2:24:51
29Nov09 Shanghai Marathon 2nd 2:28:16
19Apr09 Turin Marathon 2nd 2:29:04
26Oct08 Porto Marathon 1st 2:35:3
In a fierce battle with Sharon Cherop at last year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Tirfi Tsegaye was edged by one second at the tape. Although she was runner up, she improved her personal best to 2:22:44 and preserved a strong string of podium finishes. Tsegaye set her half marathon best of 69:24 at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2009.
Tsegaye said she looks forward to her Boston debut. “Throughout Boston’s streets a number of major athletes have made history in athletics. I also have a secret wish, that is to try and repeat the fantastic victories of Fatuma Roba, who won three straight Boston Marathons from 1997 to 1999.” Tsegaye trains in Addis Ababa and in Sululta, Sendafa, Sebeta and Entoto. She has two sisters, Belaynesh and Melesech.