Full name: Meskerem Legesse
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 108 lbs (49 kg)
Born: September 28, 1986
Died: July 16, 2013 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Meskerem Legesse first achieved international recognition in February 2004 when she set a world junior indoor record of 2:01.03 at a meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She competed at the 2004 Olympics in the 1,500, but did not get past the heats. After the Olympics she ran professionally and moved up in distance, running on the roads in the United States, where she lived after 2004. In 2009, however, she had to retire due to a heart condition.
In July 2013, Legesse was over 8 months pregnant with her second child when she collapsed on the floor of a Chinese restaurant in Westport, Connecticut. Emergency crews attended to her and performed CPR, but she died at Yale-New Haven Hospital shortly thereafter. Her baby was delivered in good health.
Personal Best\: 1500 – 4:03.96 (2003).
|2004 Summer||17||Athina||Athletics||Women's 1,500 metres||Ethiopia||ETH||12 h2 r1/3|
|2004 Summer||17||Athina||Athletics||Ethiopia||Round One||Heat Two||12||4:18.03|