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Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia

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?"


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    Asha Gigi Roba is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specialises in the marathon. Her personal best of 2:26:05 hours was set in 2004 at the Paris Marathon, where she came second. She represented Ethiopia in the event at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the World Championships in Athletics. She has won ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Ayelech Worku is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, most known for winning two World Championships bronze medals on the 5000 metres. She was born in the Arsi Zone of the Oromia province, the same region as double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie. Worku began competing at a young age: she won the 5000 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Berhane Adere Debala is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specialises in the 10,000 metres and the half marathon. She was world champion over 10,000 m in 2003 and world champion in the half marathon in 2002. Adere works for UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador for girls' education. Adere held the African ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Bezunesh Bekele is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specializes in cross-country running and marathons. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Dire Tune Arissi is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. Tune competed in the marathon at the 2005 World Championships. At the 2006 World Road Running Championships she finished fourth in the individual competition. This was good enough to help Ethiopia win a silver medal in the team competition. On April ... more on Wikipedia
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    • 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Elfenesh Alemu

    Elfenesh Alemu is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who specializes in the marathon race. She represented Ethiopia at the Summer Olympics in 2000 and 2004. She also competed in the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics four times consecutively from 1997 to 2003. Alemu began competing in the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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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 three ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Debre Berhan, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Kutre Dulecha is a middle distance runner from Ethiopia. She mainly competes in 1500 metres, where she set a world junior record in 1997. She became world indoor champion in 2004, Ethiopia's first ever women's 1500 m medalist at the championships. She won the women's short course at the 2000 IAAF World ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Meselech Melkamu is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She defeated Meseret Defar to win the 5000 m gold medal at the 2008 African Athletics Championships but she is better known for her 29:53.80 run over 10,000 m which ranks her second on the all time list, behind only world record holder Wang Junxia. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Debre Marqos, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: 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 in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
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    Mestawat Tadesse is an Ethiopian middle distance runner, who specializes in the 1500 metres. Tadesse finished fifth at the 2006 African Championships and tenth at the 2006 World Athletics Final. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Mestawet Tufa is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She was the winner of the women's 10,000 metres at the 2007 All-Africa Games and the runner up in the senior women's race at the 2008 World Cross Country Championships. She competed at the Olympic Games, but did not finish her 10,000 metres race. Tufa ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Sentayehu Ejigu Tamerat is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who specializes in the 3000 and 5000 metres. She represented Ethiopia at the 2004 Summer Olympics. After narrowly missing out on medals at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2009 World Championships, she made her breakthrough in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Debre Marqos, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Maychew, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
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    Wude Ayalew Yimer is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She was the bronze medallist over 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and took the silver in that event at the 2011 All-Africa Games. Her sister Hiwot Ayalew is also a top level runner. At the 2006 World Cross Country ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Gojjam, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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