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Mamitu Daska

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MAMITU DASKA
ETHIOPIA

BIRTHDATE:
16 October 1983

PERSONAL BEST:
2:24:19 (Dubai, 2010)

WORLD MARATHON MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

20Sep09 real,- Berlin Marathon 3rd 2:26:38

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

22Jan10 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 1st 2:24:19

CAREER NOTES:

Several of Mamitu Daska's Ethiopian countrywomen had entered the 2009 real,- Berlin Marthon with impressive marathon credentials, but it was hard to know what to expect of Daska, making her debut there.

She had an excellent summer on the US road circuit, winning Dick's Sporting Goods Bolder Boulder 10K and the CIGNA Falmouth Road Race. Then at the NYC Half, she was beaten only by world marathon record holder, Paula Radcliffe, clocking a personal best 1:11:04 in warm and very humid conditions.

Daska even found time to compete on the track in Europe and came up with a 31:36.88 PR for 10,000 meters.

At Berlin, Daska went through the halfway point in 1:12:30 and 30km in 1:42:51. Despite slowing over the final 12km, she held on for a 2:26:38 and 10 World Marathon Majors scoring points.

Daska started off 2010 in spectacular fashion, winning the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon by seven seconds and lowering her PR by more than two minutes.