Feyisa Lilesa is an Ethiopian long-distance runner and a member of the Oromo people. Feyisa is famous for completing the men’s Marathon in 2010 and set a time of 2:05:23 in the Rotterdam Marathon. In addition, the event made him the youngest man to run under 2:06.

However, Feyisa Lilesa became famous after finishing the 2012 Chicago Marathon in second place, mostly in 2:04:52. Ethiopian native Feyisa was born in 1990. Furthermore, there is not much detail about the father and the mother.

Quick Info 
Full NameFeyisa Lilesa
Date Of BirthFebruary 1, 1990
Birth PlaceEthiopia
Parent(s)N/A
OccupationRunner
Age31 years old
Body Measurement
Height6'2"
Weight67 kg
NationalityEthiopian
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBrownish
Zodiac SignN/A
EthnicityBlack
Martial StatusMarried
Wife(s)/Partner(s)Iftu Mulisa
ChildrenTwo
Net Worth$700,000

Feyisa Lilesa Career

He competed in international competitions in 2008. His first major competition was the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2008, where his 14th place finish in the small race helped the Ethiopians win silver medals. He ran in the first World 10K Bangalore event in May and became the fifth in a time of 28:35. Feyisa made his mark the following year, rose to prominence at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and led the team to a silver medal by finishing in 12th place. He increased his distance by running the Rock’ n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon in September. Lilesa set a time of 1:02:15 but was also beaten second by a Kenyan rival.

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He excelled at the Xiamen International Marathon in January 2010, breaking Samuel Muturi Mugo’s academic record with a time of 2:08:47 to claim his first victory in a major race. In October, he ran in the 2010 Chicago Marathon and accompanied the race leaders, Tsegaye Kebede and Samuel Wanjiru, to a distance of 20 kilometers. He was part of the Ethiopian team that won silver medals at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where he finished in 17th place. Lilesa was selected to represent Ethiopia at the 2011 World Championships at Athletics and ran the best time of the season in 2:10:32 hours to take the bronze medal.

 

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He started 2012 with a remarkable improvement in the half marathon, winning the Houston Half Marathon with a record time of 59:22 minutes. He entered the RAK Half Marathon the following month but was reduced to two minutes and finished the race in fifth place. In March, he finished third in the New York City Half Marathon, finishing behind Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga. He also missed the platform at World 10K Bangalore, returning to fourth in the final stages. As a result, he did not make the Ethiopian team at the 2012 Summer Olympics and became the second runner-up in the Bogotá Half Marathon in July.

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At the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Lilesa won a silver medal in the Marathon, he crossed his wrists as a token of support for his Oromo people facing relocation under the government’s land redistribution program around the capital of industrial development, sparking protests in November 2015 that lasted months. At a press conference held in Washington, DC, on September 14, 2016, Feyisa called on the international community, especially the United States of Ethiopia, to pressure the Ethiopian government to give people their rights in the event of a recent racist conflict. Despite his protest, he said he would still like to rush to represent his country, Ethiopia.

 

Feyisa Lilesa  Marriage Life

The world-famous marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa has been a married man since 2021. He is married to his girlfriend, Iftu Mulisa. Sadly, Lilesa’s wife, Mlisa, does not work in the community; hence the details and personal details are unknown. Plus, so far, not even Feyisa has spent a fortune on his marital life. Looks like he wants to keep his family invisible. However, the lovely couple Feyisa Lilesa and Iftu Mulisa got married in 2012 in Ethiopia. Similarly, the longevity of a married couple has blessed them with three beautiful children. Feyisa’s eldest daughter Soko Lilesa is now six years old. In addition, the couple has a son named Sora Lilesa.

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Feyisa Lilesa Net Worth

The Ethiopian marathon runner, Lilesa, has so far won five tournaments. Evidently, through his professional career, Feyisa has earned a good amount of fortune and fame. Moreover, his first victory was in the Dublin marathon. There Lilesa received $50,000, including several thousand dollars as additional prize money. Furthermore, the prominent marathon runner Feyisa has also won race Xiamen International Marathon in China.

However, after winning the race, Feyisa settled for only $25000, rather than the total prize money of $40,000, as his finishing time did not reach the minimum. Nevertheless, after a long wait, Lilesa finally waved the flag of victory in 2016 in the Tokyo marathon. Furthermore, the Tokyo marathon total winning prize was $1,084,000, including $352,000 as a prize poll. Moreover, the $732,000 amount included time bonuses with a maximum potential payout of $460,000. Therefore, winning the Tokyo marathon has earned him nearly a half-million dollars.

 

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Feyisa Lilesa Socials

He is inactive in his social media accounts; he has 712 followers and has only 19 posts in his feed, all of them being his career photos. On Twitter, it isn’t confirmed if he is available there or not. There are accounts from his name, but it isn’t confirmed if it is his account.

 

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