Dr. Kim Tae-young, president of the WSM World Sports Massage Federation, is checking the muscle condition of Belayneh Dinsamo before participating in the international competition.
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Dr. Kim Tae-young, the president of the World Sports Massage Federation, worked as a sports doctor to prevent injuries and improve performance of national athletes at the international marathon officially recognized by the International Athletics Federation, and also served as the general manager of the sports massage team.

Dr. Taeyoung Kim worked as a sports doctor, medical team leader, and sports massage support group to prevent injuries and improve performance of international referees at the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.

Dr. Kim Tae-young, president of the World Sports Massage Federation, is doing volunteer work with WSM sports massage experts to prevent injuries and improve performance of athletes representing each country at the Olympics and various world championships.

December 1988

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All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1986 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 2nd 2:08:29[2]
1986 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd 2:09:09
1986 Moscow Marathon Moscow, Russia 1st 2:14:42
1987 All-Africa Games Nairobi, Kenya 1st 2:14:47
1987 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:12:58
1988 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:06:50
1988 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 2nd 2:11:09
1989 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:08:39
1990 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 3rd 2:11:32
1990 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:11:35
1991 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 5th 2:11:34
1993 Beijing Marathon Beijing, China 3rd 2:12:11
1996 Marrakech Marathon Marrakech, Morocco 3rd 2:12:27
1996 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:10:30
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Belayneh Densamo the former Marathon World Record holder should have had more support to train and he had to flee his country and was left for dead
Belayneh Densamo ran the first sub 2:07 marathon 30 years ago. Yet he was not able to run in the 1988 or 1992 Olympics.

Belayneh was born on June 28, 1965 in Diramo Afarrara, Sidamo. He held the world record in the marathon for 10 years (1988-1998). This was the third longest span without the record being broken since the event was first organized at the 1896 Olympics. The record was set when he ran 2:06:50 at the 1988 Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. The record was eventually broken by Ronaldo da Costa at the Berlin Marathon in 1998.

His first international marathon race was in Japan in 1986 where he finished second in 2:08.29. 

He became the second world record holder in the marathon from Africa after his barefoot running compatriot Abebe Bikila.

In 1988 the Ethiopian regime decided to boycott the Games in Seoul.  Densamo could do nothing but accept the dictator Mengistu's decision and not run in the Olympics.

In 1992, Densamo's preparation for the Games in Barcelona was severely disrupted again. In his homeland a fierce battle was going on for political power. Densamo was pressured by a gang to give them money, but did not succumb to the threat.  However, after a bomb exploded under his house, he fled. "I had to protect my family. These were sad times, my head was no longer into running. As the best marathon runner in the world, I should have had all the support to train, but I had to flee and was left for dead. I did not get a fair chance at the Olympics. Very sad.''

Things did improve for him and he did represent Ethiopia at the marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics, but the hot and humid summer in Atlanta, Georgia was just too much for him and he was among 13 of a field of 130 who did not finish.

Densamo moved from his native Ethiopia to Rotterdam in 2003, he says, but he eventually opted for the United States. He wanted to give his three daughters the chance to get a good education.

The shy man escaped poverty through his running talent, is now a proud family man living with his family in Boston, Massachusetts. At 52 he leads a regular, quiet life.  "When people see me, they estimate me 35 years. I live healthy, I still work hard and I am an assistant coach at Boston University," he says.

This interview was done in December 2018 by Markos Berhanu for Ethiosports.

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