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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, ...more

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 ...more

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

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 ...more

Birthplace: Eritrea

Nationality: Eritrea