Tiidrek Nurme

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Tiidrek Nurme
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Personal information
Full nameTiidrek Nurme
Born (1985-11-18) 18 November 1985 (age 37)
Kuressaare, Estonia
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Weight70 kg (154 lb) [1]
CountryFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Marathon: 2:10:02

Tiidrek Nurme (born 18 November 1985) [1] is an Estonian long and middle-distance runner, the current national record holder of the 1500 metres and 3000 metres.


Nurme is one of only five men in the history of the Olympic Games to have qualified for and competed in the 1,500 metres (2008) and the marathon (2016) in separate Olympics during their career. The other four are Rod Dixon of New Zealand (1972, 1984), Luis Feiteira of Portugal (1996, 2012), Bayron Piedra of Ecuador (2008, 2016) and Jacques Boxberger of France (1968, 1984).

At the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Nurme placed 27th among 50 runners (26th after a Moroccan got banned) in 1500m. In Beijing he set a national record with a time of 3:38.59, running at 1100m as a pacemaker.

At the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Nurme was part of the Olympic record-setting size marathon field when 155 men from 80 countries competed in the race where he placed 63rd overall.

At the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Nurme placed 27th among 106 runners (26th after a Moroccan got banned due to the doping violation). Tokyo 2020 marathon was the deepest field in OG history, all 106 men had to be faster than the time of 2:11:30 to qualify.

Major competition record

Representing Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
2005 World Cross Country Championships Saint-Étienne/Saint-Galmier, France129thShort race (4.196 km) 13:47
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary5th5000 m 13:57.51
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand10th5000 m 14:23.50
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China26th (h)1500 m 3:38.59 NR
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy16th (h)3000 m 8:08.81
World Championships Berlin, Germany28th (h)1500 m 3:43.73
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain16th (h)5000 m 13:49.19
2011 Universiade Shenzhen, China4th5000 m 14:05.03
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland16th5000 m 13:51.29
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia8th5000 m 14:08.02
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland10th5000 m 14:13.89
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil63rdMarathon 2:20:01
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom40thMarathon 2:20:41
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany9thMarathon 2:15:16
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar26thMarathon 2:17:38
2021 Olympic Games Sapporo, Japan27thMarathon 2:16:16
2022 European Championships Munich, Germany 11thMarathon 2:12:46
2023 World Championships Budapest, Hungary 31stMarathon 2:15:42

Personal bests


800 m 1:52.253 July 2006 Rakvere
1500 m 3:38.5915 August 2008 Beijing National record
Mile 3:59.749 August 2011 Viljandi National record
2000 m 5:06.0216 July 2008 Joensuu National record
3000 m 7:48.2411 July 2014 Dublin National record
5000 m 13:31.8716 April 2010 Walnut
10000 m 28:37.855 June 2021 Birmingham
Half marathon 1:02:2017 October 2020 Gdynia National record
Marathon 2:10:0223 February 2020 Sevilla


1500 m 3:46.1019 February 2011 Tallinn
2000 m 5:18.5020 February 2008 Tartu
3000 m 7:55.3710 February 2010 Stockholm National record
5000 m 14:18.3801 September 2020 Tartu

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