Athletes Famous Athletes from Eritrea

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List of famous athletes from Eritrea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Eritrea has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Eritrea athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Eritrea and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Eritrea then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Tesfayohannes Mesfen and Thomas Kelati are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Eritrea athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Eritrea?"

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Meb Keflezighi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Eritrea
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Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi is an Eritrean-born American long distance runner. He is the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon and finished in fourth place in the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won the 2009 New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009, and the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014, becoming the first American man to win each race since 1982 and 1983, respectively. Keflezighi is a graduate of UCLA where he won four NCAA championships competing for the UCLA Bruins track and field team. He came in fourth in the 2014 NYC Marathon on November 2, 2014. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea

Nationality: United States of America, Eritrea

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Zersenay Tadese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Eritrea
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Zersenay Tadese is an Eritrean long-distance track, and road running athlete. He currently holds the men's half marathon world record. His bronze medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Athens Olympics made him the first ever Eritrean Olympic medallist, and his 20 km title at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships also made him the country's first athlete to win at a world championship event. He does not use a sprint finish to win races: his strategy relies upon a combination of efficient running and fast pace setting. Zersenay has found most of his success over the half marathon distance, with four consecutive victories in the World Half Marathon Championships from 2006 to 2009, a ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Adi Bana, Eritrea

Nationality: Eritrea

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Yared Asmerom

Yared Asmerom Tesfit is an Eritrean long-distance runner who specializes in the marathon races. He was born in Asmara. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea

Nationality: Eritrea

Yonas Kifle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Eritrea
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Yonas Kifle

Yonas Andebrhan Kifle is an Eritrean runner who specializes in the 10,000 metres, the marathon and cross-country running. He has represented Eritrea at the Olympics on four occasions; in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He has also competed at World Championship-level in cross country, road running, and on the track indoors and outdoors. He was the bronze medallist in the half marathon at the 2007 All-Africa Games and the 2005 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. His personal bests include 59:30 minutes for the half marathon and 2:07:34 hours for the marathon. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Eritrea

Nationality: Eritrea