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Hendrick Ramaala

Hendrick Ramaala
Ramaala at the Berlin Marathon 2011.
Born (1972-02-02) February 2, 1972
Polokwane, South Africa

Hendrik Ramaala (born 2 February 1972) is a South African long-distance runner.



Ramaala is a law graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand. He matriculated at St. Bede's secondary school in ga-Molepo area, Polokwane. For his primary education, he went to Subiaco primary in the same area.

Running career

Ramaala holds the South African 10,000 m record of 27:29.94 which he set in Port Elizabeth on 22 February 1999.

He won the 2004 New York City Marathon and 2004 Mumbai Marathon. He also has two silver medals from the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 1998 and 1999. In 2006 he also won the men's Great North and South Runs He is a two-time national champion in the 5.000 metres.

Other competition wins include the Belgrade Race Through History in 1997,[1] the Marseille-Cassis Classique Internationale in 1998,[2] the Lisbon Half Marathon in 2001 and the Portugal Half Marathon in 2003. He has also competed in cross country running and won the Belfast International Cross Country meeting in 1999.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  South Africa
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 17th 10,000 m 28:00.08
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 29th (h) 10,000 m 29:07.81
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 14th 10,000 m 28:33.48
1998 Marseille-Cassis Classique Internationale Marseille, France 1st Half marathon 1:00:36
World Half Marathon Championships Zurich, Switzerland 2nd Half marathon 1:00:24
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 11th 10,000 m 28:25.57
World Half Marathon Championships Palermo, Italy 2nd Half marathon 1:01:50
2000 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 5th Marathon 2:09:43
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 12th Marathon 2:16:19
2001 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal 1st Half marathon 1:00.26
New York City Marathon New York, United States 5th Marathon 2:11:18
2002 Paris Marathon Paris, France 6th Marathon 2:10:06
2003 World Championships Paris, France 9th Marathon 2:10:37
2004 Mumbai Marathon Mumbai, India 1st Marathon 2:15:47
Olympic Games Athens, Greece Marathon DNF
New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st Marathon 2:09:28
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 27th Marathon 2:26:00
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 44th Marathon 2:22:43
2011 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 10th Marathon 2:16.00


  1. ^ Butcher, Pat (1999-10-13). Fita Bayissa wins Belgrade Race Through History. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  2. ^ Historique Il était une fois … (French). Marseille-Cassis. Retrieved on 2009-10-22.

External links

  • Hendrick Ramaala profile at IAAF
  • Podcast (Episode #71): Interview with South African running legend Hendrick Ramaala
  • South African senior records
  • New York Times Interview

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Haile Gebrselassie
Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Dejene Berhanu

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