7 Oct 1981

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Men's 5000m  
Men's 10000m  


Start Time Location Event Status
Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium
Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium

Biographical Information


Asian Games
4Men's Marathon2014Incheon, KOR2:13:21
5Men's Marathon2018Indonesia2:23:42
17Men's Marathon2006Doha, QAT2:31:00
DNSMen's 10000m2002Busan, KORDNS
Olympic Games
51Men's Marathon2012London, GBR2:20:10
52Men's Marathon2008Beijing, CHN2:24:19
75Men's Marathon2004Athens, GRE2:33:24
91Men's Marathon2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA2:24:26
DNFMen's Marathon2020Tokyo, JPNDNF
World Championships
19Men's Marathon2011Daegu, KOR2:16:41
26Men's Marathon2022Eugene, OR, USA2:11:39
29Men's Marathon2009Berlin, GER2:17:22
35Men's Marathon2013Moscow, RUS2:21:55
38Men's Marathon2015Beijing, CHN2:32:09
48Men's Marathon2017London, GBR2:21:55
54Men's Marathon2019Doha, QAT2:36:01
55Men's Marathon2007Osaka, JPN2:49:06
61Men's Marathon2005Helsinki, FIN2:36:31
63Men's Marathon2003Paris, FRA2:26:39
DNFMen's Marathon2023Budapest, HUNDNF
Elite Label Road Races
3Men's Marathon2015Otsu, JPN2:11:18
9Men's Marathon2021Hofu, JPN2:14:03
9Men's Marathon2015Fukuoka, JPN2:14:19
Asian Marathon Championships
1Men's Marathon2013Hong Kong, CHN2:17:56
2Men's Marathon2008Hong Kong, CHN2:20:18
6Men's Marathon2006Beijing, CHN2:20:13
East Asian Games
2Men's 5000m2013Tianjin, CHN14:28.24
Ziggy (worldathletics, 23 May 2022)
Police Athlete
Mongolian National Institute of Physical Education, Ulaanbaatar, MGL
Wife Oyuntuya Odonsuren, children Jambaldorj, Nomin-Od, Naran-Od, and Uran-Od
English, Mongolian
Oyuntuya Odonsuren [wife], MGL, from 2005
His wife Oyuntuya Odonsuren represented Mongolia in athletics. She was selected for the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, AB, Canada, but did not start in the 400m race. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jan 2022; shuurhai, 27 May 2021; independent, 23 Mar 2012; vg, 25 Feb 2003)
2002 for Mongolia (mongolia, 02 Mar 2015)
He began running middle-distance events at age 14. He started running longer distances in 1997 and competed in his first marathon in 2002. (worldathletics, 23 May 2022; NOC, 23 Jul 2012; thejournal-co, 24 Apr 2010)
His passion for running was sparked when he won his first race at a sports day in primary school. "Ever since then, it's what I wanted to do." He was inspired to pursue marathon running after watching the marathon at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. "I wasn't very good but during the Sydney Olympics, I watched the marathon and I really liked running long. So I said I'd target the marathon in the next Olympics." (worldathletics, 23 May 2022)
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "I want to run my final marathon at the Paris Olympics and after that I want to go into coaching." (olympics, 16 Jul 2022)
"I'll run for my own enjoyment, health and peace of mind. I'll keep doing whatever I can, as long as I can." (worldathletics, 23 May 2022)
He has received the title of Honoured Athlete of Mongolia. (24tsag, 19 Jul 2021)

He was flag bearer for Mongolia at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (news, 26 May 2012)

Additional Information

He has been coached by his wife, former runner Oyuntuya Odonsuren. "It's two things [why he has enjoyed a long sporting career]. One: I love to run, it's a real source of enjoyment. When I run long, I am happiest. The other is having my wife there with me. She's been acting as a functional coach for 17 years [speaking in 2022]. Having her watching me, having my back, makes it all worthwhile." (worldathletics, 23 May 2022)

He has found it difficult to secure consistent financial support during his marathon career. In Mongolia he had to train wearing two tracksuits due to the cold weather, leading him to spend time in Japan and the United Kingdom. "Marathon running is not a popular sport in Mongolia. Still, sometimes I get support from some organisations, but much of the time, I spend from my own pocket. It can be costly and one cannot hope to win good prize money in every race to cover expenses. But I keep pushing myself to do better." (morpethharriers, 08 Mar 2021; finishermag, 29 Jan 2019)

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