My journey as an athlete

My first introduction to competitive sport took place when I was four years old. With my mother’s encouragement I participated in a children’s running event in my hometown of Kuressaare. Soon I felt the triumph of victory. Reading my name in the county newspaper, the acknowledgements, the prizes, and my mother’s encouragement brought me time and again back to the running races in Saaremaa. I did not start regular training in running before I was 17 years old. In prior years I participated in different fields of training such as ballroom dance, volleyball, folk dance, wrestling, weightlifting and athletics.

Diploma from 1990

First Estonian Championships title in 3000m, 2004

It came as a surprise to me when I started track and field training again in 2003. I thought that I had ruined my lungs with smoking and my natural talent for running had been lost among the twists and turns of my teenage years. I was wrong! My running career started in my school’s grove when I won a 1000m race with an excellent time of 2.54 without any previous training. Consecutively this unexpected achievement took me to a county cross-country race for youth, which I won. Yet another victory that enhanced my ambition and confidence in my abilities.

Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, round 1 (Photo: Raigo Pajula)

Estonian mile record in 2011 (photo: Arno Mikk)

My teacher and trainer Endel Tustit foretold a great future for me. He was right! With only a few months of training I managed to finish an 800m run in the Estonian Youth Championship with a time of 1.57.83. Within one year I became an Estonian champion. With just five years of training I beat the longstanding Estonian 1500m race speed record and participated in the first round of a 1500m race in the Peking Olympic Games.

European team championships I league 5000m run, 2014 (photo: Mati Lohu)

Berlin European Championships marathon, 2018 (photo: Liis Teimann)

If in the beginning of my athlete career I mostly ran shorter distances, then now I have reached marathon distance. So far, I have beaten the Estonian records in different running distances on thirteen occasions. At present, I am one out of four athletes in the history of Olympic Games who has participated in two separate Olympic Games with both a 1500m and a marathon run: Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and Rio de Jaineiro in 2016. My instructors have been Endel Tustit, Endel Pärn, Harry Lemberg and Mark Misch.



Team

My family

Wife Maili, children Jakob, Ruuben and Lili

Mark Misch

Head coach

Harry Lemberg

Assistant coach and manager

Brad Bartz

Spiritual mentor

Peeter Nigol

Masseur



Sponsors





Results



International competitions

  • 26. place in 1500m, Peking 2008
  • 63. place in marathon, Rio de Janeiro 2016
  • 33. place in 1500m, Berlin 2009
  • 40. place in marathon, London 2017
  • 5. place in 5000m, U23 European Championships, 2007
  • 16. place in 3000m, European Indoor Championships, 2009
  • 16. place in 5000m, Barcelona 2010
  • 16. place in 5000m, Helsinki 2012
  • 10. place in 5000m, Zurich 2014
  • 9. place in marathon, Berlin 2018
  • 33. place in 10km, Velenje 2011
  • 28. place in 10km, Budapest 2012
  • 10. place in 5000m, Bangkok 2007
  • 5. place in 5000m, Belgrade 2009
  • 4. place in 5000m, Shenzhen 2011
  • 8. place in 5000m, Kazan 2013


My marathons

  • Place: Valencia (ESP)
  • Date: 15.11.2015
  • Time: 2:40.30
  • Ranking: 140
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  • Place: Seville (ESP)
  • Date: 21.02.2016
  • Time: 2:29.16
  • Ranking: 44
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  • Place: Hamburg (GER)
  • Date: 17.04.2016
  • Time: 2:17.59
  • Ranking: 24
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  • Place: Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (BRA)
  • Date: 21.08.2016
  • Time: 2:20.01
  • Ranking: 63
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  • Place: London World Championships (GBR)
  • Date: 06.08.2017
  • Time: 2:20.41
  • Ranking: 40
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  • Place: Birmingham, Alabama (USA)
  • Date: 11.02.2018
  • Time: 2:18.38
  • Ranking: 1
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  • Place: Berlin European Championships (GER)
  • Date: 12.08.2018
  • Time: 2:15.16
  • Ranking: 9
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  • Place: Hannover (GER)
  • Date: 07.04.2019
  • Time: 2:13.40
  • Ranking: 6
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Athletic achievements

  • 800m: 1.57.65
  • 1500m: 4.07.01
  • 800m: 1.52.79
  • 1500m: 3.51.23
  • 3000m: 8.39.1
  • 5000m: 15.36.01
  • 800m: 1.52.55
  • 1500m: 3.47.44
  • 3000m: 8.23.02
  • 5000m: 15.03.06
  • 10000m: 31.22.1
  • 800m: 1.52.25
  • 1500m: 3.42.90
  • 3000m: 8.09.05
  • 5000m: 14.24.42
  • 10000m: 30.39.5
  • 1 mile: 4.05.1 (ER)
  • 1500m: 3.42.69
  • 5000m: 13.57.51
  • 1500m: 3.38.59 (ER)
  • 3000m: 7.57.26
  • 2000m: 5.06.02 (ER)
  • 1500m: 3.40.25
  • 3000m: 7.56.08
  • 5000m: 13.57.05
  • 10000m: 30.04
  • 1 mile: 4.04.14
  • 1500m: 3.38.77
  • 3000m: 7.55.37
  • 5000m: 13.31.87
  • 10000m: 30.04
  • 1 mile: 4.00.22 (ER)
  • 3000m: 7.51.63
  • 5000m: 13.37.08
  • 10000m: 30.30
  • 1 mile: 3.59.74 (ER)
  • 1500m: 3.43.07
  • 3000m: 8.00.26
  • 5000m: 13.42.09
  • 10000m: 30.06
  • 1 mile: 4.01.28
  • 1500m: 3.42.67
  • 3000m: 7.51.49
  • 5000m: 13.37.65
  • 10000m: 28.59.88
  • 1 mile: 4.03.08
  • Half marathon: 1.03.13
  • 1500m: 3.40.51
  • 3000m: 7.48.24 (ER)
  • 5000m: 14.13.85
  • 10000m: 29.46
  • Half marathon: 1.03.44
  • 1500m: 3.42.89
  • 3000m: 8.09.00
  • 5000m: 13.41.48
  • 10000m: 30.00
  • Half marathon: 1.06.08
  • Marathon: 2.40.30
  • 10000m: 29.42
  • Half marathon: 1.07.00
  • Marathon: 2.17.59
  • 1500m: 3.49.39
  • 5000m: 13.51.45
  • 10000m: 29.11.50
  • Marathon: 2.20.41
  • 1500m: 3.49.39
  • 5000m: 14.15 (altitude, road)
  • 10000m: 29.05.49
  • Half marathon: 1.03.27
  • Marathon: 2.15.16
  • 1500m: 4.01.62
  • 5000m: 14.25.02
  • 10000m: 29.36.76
  • Half marathon: 1.07.11
  • Marathon: 2.13.40

Best rankings in Europe and the world

  • Result: 3.38.59
  • Season: 2008
  • In Europe: 24
  • In the world: 101
  • Result: 7.48.24
  • Season: 2014
  • In Europe: 8
  • In the world: 40
  • Result: 13.31.87
  • Season: 2010
  • In Europe: 17
  • In the world: 134
  • Result: 2.13.40
  • Season: 2019
  • In Europe: 34
  • In the world: 389


Personal bests

  • Result: 3.38.59 (ER)
  • Season: 2008
  • Result: 3.59.74 (ER)
  • Season: 2011
  • Result: 7.48.24
  • Season: 2014
  • Result: 13.31.87
  • Season: 2010
  • Result: 28.59.88
  • Season: 2013
  • Result: 1.03.13
  • Season: 2013
  • Result: 2.13.40
  • Season: 2019



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