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.

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Diploma from 1990

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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 fifteen 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

Perekond_Nurme

MY FAMILY

Wife Maili, children Jakob, Ruuben ja Lili

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MARK MISCH

Head coach

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HARRY LEMBERG

Manager and coach

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BRAD BARTZ

Spiritual mentor

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PEETER NIGOL

Masseur

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NICK SCHUETZE

Spiritual mentor

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CHARLES PANAKKER

Manager

Sponsors

Tiidrek_Nurme_Nike
Tiidrek_Nurme_EKJL
Tiidrek_Nurme_Rand_Tuulberg

Results

International competitions

  • 26. place 1500m, Peking 2008
  • 63. place in marathon, Rio de Janeiro 2016
  • 26. place in marathon, Tokyo 2020
  • 33. place 1500m, Berliin 2009
  • 40. place in marathon, London 2017
  • 26. place in marathon, Doha 2019
  • 5. place 5000m U23 European Championship, 2007
  • 16. place 3000m European indoor Championship, 2009
  • 16. place 5000m, Barcelona 2010
  • 16. place 5000m, Helsinki 2012
  • 10. place 5000m, Zürich 2014
  • 9. place in marathon, Berlin 2018
  • 33. place 10km, Velenje 2011
  • 28. place 10km, Budapest 2012
  • 10. place 5000m, Bangkok 2007
  • 5. place 5000m, Belgrade 2009
  • 4. place 5000m, Shenzhen 2011
  • 8. place 5000m, Kazan 2013

My marathons

  • Place: Valencia (ESP)
  • Date: 15.11.2015
  • Time: 2:40.30
  • Rank: 140
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  • Place: Seville (ESP)
  • Date: 21.02.2016
  • Time: 2:29.16
  • Rank: 44
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  • Place: Hamburg (GER)
  • Date: 17.04.2016
  • Time: 2:17.59
  • Rank: 24
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  • Place: Rio de Janeiro Olümpiamängud (BRA)
  • Date: 21.08.2016
  • Time: 2:20.01
  • Rank: 63
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  • Place: Londoni maailmameistrivõistlused (GBR)
  • Date: 06.08.2017
  • Time: 2:20.41
  • Rank: 40
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  • Place: Birmingham, Alabama (USA)
  • Date: 11.02.2018
  • Time: 2:18.38
  • Rank: 1
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  • Place: Berlin (GER)
  • Date: 12.08.2018
  • Time: 2:15.16
  • Rank: 9
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  • Place: Hannover (GER)
  • Date: 07.04.2019
  • Time: 2:13.40
  • Rank: 6
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  • Place: Doha maailmameistrivõistlused (QAT)
  • Date: 05.10.2019
  • Time: 2:17.38
  • Rank: 26
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  • Place: Sevilla (ESP)
  • Date: 23.02.2020
  • Time: 2:10.02 personal best
  • Rank: 20
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  • Place: Taipei (ROC)
  • Date: 20.12.2020
  • Time: 2:16.11
  • Rank: 3
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  • Place: Sapporo
  • Date: 08.08.2021
  • Time: 2:16.16
  • Rank: 26
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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
  • 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
  • 800m: 1.53.06
  • 1500m: 3.48.45
  • 1 mile: 4.05.62
  • 5000m: 14.18.38
  • 10000m: 29.04 (ER road race)
  • Half marathon: 1.02.20 (ER)
  • Marathon: 2.10.02
  • 5000m: 13.56.31
  • 10000m: 28.37.85
  • Half Marathon: 1.07.09
  • Marathon: 2.16.16

Best rankings in Europe and in 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: 2.10.02
  • Season: 2020
  • In Europe: 24
  • In the world: 170

Personal bests

  • Result: 3.38.59 (ER)
  • Season: 2008
  • Result: 3.59.74 (ER)
  • Season: 2011
  • Result: 7.48.24 (ER)
  • Season: 2014
  • Result: 13.31.87
  • Season: 2010
  • Result: 28.37.85
  • Season: 2021
  • Result: 1.02.20 (ER)
  • Season: 2020
  • Result: 2.10.02
  • Season: 2020



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