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Aleksandra Duliba
Aleksandra Duliba

Bib #F5

PRONUNCIATION: Al-ex-SAN-dra Duh-LEE-bah

BIRTHDATE: 5 January 1988

PERSONAL BEST: 2:21:29 (Boston, 2014)

WORLD MARATHON MAJORS: 21Apr14 Boston Marathon 6th 2:21:29 13Oct13 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 4th 2:23:44

ADDITIONAL MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS: 23Jan15 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 8th 2:23:06 NR 19Oct14 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2nd 2:24:43 17Mar13 Asics Los Angeles Marathon 1st 2:26:08

CAREER NOTES: Aleksandra Duliba continues to improve her national record, most recently with a 2:23:06 performance at the 2015 Dubai Marathon. Her personal best time of 2:21:29, however, was earned with her sixth- place performance in Boston last year. Also in 2014, she finished second in Toronto in 2:24:43. Duliba made her marathon debut with a national record win at the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon (2:26:08), and then finished fourth at the Chicago Marathon in 2:23:44. In Los Angeles, the women’s elite field was given an 18-minute, 35-second lead over the elite men in a gender challenge. Duliba beat the entire field by 52 seconds to collect a $50,000 bonus for staying ahead of the handicap. The former Belarus national marathon record of 2:26:23 was held by Madina Biktagirova, and coincidentally was set in Los Angeles in 1992. Also in 2013, Duliba won the Dushanbe Half Marathon in 1:15:07 and set a 33:08.80 personal best in the 10,000m. In 2012 she won the bronze medal in the 10,000m at the Belarus National Championships and won the Szamotuly Half Marathon, the Swarzedz 10K, and the Dzialoszyn 10K.

PERSONAL NOTES: Duliba was very athletic as a youth and entered the Sport School of Olympic Reserve to specialize in cross-country skiing. She soon discovered she was very talented running on the track and made the transition. She currently trains in Kiev, Ukraine, with her fiancé Vitaliy Shafar, who is also running the Boston Marathon this year. The pair is coached by Igor Osmak and is affiliated with the Spartnik group and agent Andre Baranov. Duliba’s hobbies include reading, listening to classical music, and being surrounded by nature and beautiful architecture.