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List of popular female athletes from Ethiopia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ethiopia has a rich history of competing in sports, and these are the famous females that make that competition so exciting. Some of the best Ethiopian female athletes in the world are listed below, some of who have represented Ethiopia in the Olympics. You can click on the names of these talented female athletes of Ethiopia in order to get more information about each one, such as the birthplace of the athlete and when they were born.

This list is made up of many different athletes, including Gelete Burka and Sentayehu Ejigu.

This list answers the questions, "What famous female athletes are from Ethiopia?" and "Who are the greatest female Ethiopian athletes?"
Tirunesh Dibaba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia
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Tirunesh Dibaba also known as Tirunesh Dibaba Kenene is an Ethiopian long distance track athlete and the outdoor 5000 metres world record holder. She is the current World and Olympic 10,000 metres champion. She has won in total five world track titles and five world cross country titles. She is ...more

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Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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#24 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Meseret Defar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia
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Meseret Defar Tola is a female long-distance runner from Ethiopia who competes chiefly in the 3000 metres and 5000 metres events. She has won medals at top-tier international competitions including Olympic and World Championship gold medals over 5000 metres. She broke the world record in the event ...more

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Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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#33 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Getenesh Wami Degife is an Ethiopian former long-distance runner who competed in cross country, track, and road events. Her brother, Mulugeta Wami, is also a professional marathon runner. ...more

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Birthplace: Debre Berhan, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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Derartu Tulu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia
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Derartu Tulu is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competed in track, cross country running, and road running up to the marathon distance. Derartu grew up tending cattle in the village of Bekoji in the highlands of Arsi Province, the same village as Kenenisa Bekele. Derartu is the first Ethiopian ...more

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Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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#81 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Fatuma Roba is an Ethiopian long distance runner from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, most known for being the first African woman to win a gold medal in the women's Olympic marathon race at the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. She finished fourth at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics. Roba also won ...more

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Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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Gelete Burka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia
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Gelete Burka Bati is an Ethiopian middle-distance and long-distance runner. She was born in Kofele in the Arsi Zone of the Oromia Region, the same district as double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie. Gelete was the short course champion at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She is a ...more

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Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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Werknesh Kidane, is an Ethiopian long distance runner who competes in both 5000 and 10,000 metres. She has won numerous medals at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and represented Ethiopia at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2012. She was the silver medallist at the 2005 World ...more

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Birthplace: Maychew, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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Ejegayehu Dibaba Keneni is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She is a member of the Oromo ethnic group from the high-altitude Arsi Zone of the Oromia Region. She is the third child of six, her younger sisters Tirunesh and Genzebe are also international long distance athletes, and brother Dejene is ...more

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Birthplace: Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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