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List of the most popular, renowned or famous athletes from Ethiopia. List includes the most notable athletes from Ethiopia, along with photos when available. This list of Ethiopian athletes is alphabetical, but can be sorted by any column and answers the question "what famous athletes are from Ethiopia?" You can click on the names of the famous athletes of Ethiopia in order to get more information about each one. You can rank all of these athletes, from Nahom Mesfin Tariku to Fatuma Roba. You may copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your views, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (82 items)

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Kenenisa Bekele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Kenenisa Bekele Kenenisa Bekele is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who holds the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events. He won a double at the 2008 Summer Olympics ...more

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Haile Gebrselassie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Haile Gebrselassie Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete. He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event. He won the ...more

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Tirunesh Dibaba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Tirunesh Dibaba 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 ...more

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Meseret Defar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Meseret Defar 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 ...more

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Gete Wami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Gete Wami 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.

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Derartu Tulu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Derartu Tulu 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 ...more

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Fatuma Roba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Fatuma Roba 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 ...more

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Werknesh Kidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Werknesh Kidane 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 ...more

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Ejegayehu Dibaba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Ejegayehu Dibaba 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 ...more

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Robel Teklemariam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Robel Teklemariam Robel Zeimichael Teklemariam is an Ethiopian cross country skier who has competed since 2006. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 83rd in the 15 km event at Turin in ...more

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Gelete Burka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Gelete Burka 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 ...more

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Youssouf Hersi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Youssouf Hersi FC Twente Youssouf Hersi is an Ethiopian-Dutch professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for A-League side Perth Glory.

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Sentayehu Ejigu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Sentayehu Ejigu 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 ...more

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Meselech Melkamu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Meselech Melkamu 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 ...more

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Berhane Adere is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Berhane Adere 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 ...more

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Mestawet Tufa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Mestawet Tufa 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 ...more

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Bezunesh Bekele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Bezunesh Bekele Bezunesh Bekele is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specializes in cross-country running and marathons.

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Wude Ayalew is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Wude Ayalew 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 ...more

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Amiya Taga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Amiya Taga Hapoel Ashkelon Amiya Taga is an Ethiopian-born Israeli footballer who plays for Hapoel Ashkelon until the end of the 2011-12 season. Amiya Taga was born in the Beta Israel community in Ethiopia and his family ...more

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Asha Gigi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Asha Gigi 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 ...more

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Kutre Dulecha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Kutre Dulecha 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 ...more

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Ayelech Worku is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Ayelech Worku 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 ...more

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Sileshi Sihine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Sileshi Sihine Sileshi Sihine is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. Sihine achieved a silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as at the 2005 World ...more

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Benjamin Kibebe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
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Mestawat Tadesse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Mestawat Tadesse 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

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Ziv Caveda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Ziv Caveda Ironi Nes Ziona Ziv Caveda is an Ethiopian-born Israeli footballer. After not seeing much time at Hapoel Tel Aviv, Caveda transferred to Tzafririm Holon where he was an instant starter. His morale was dealt a ...more

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Shai Biruk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Shai Biruk Hapoel Bnei Lod Shai Biruk is an Ethiopian-born Israeli footballer. He moved to Israel at the age of six with his family. While playing for the Israeli youth academy, Beitar Nes Tubruk his footballing talent ...more

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Baruch Dego is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Baruch Dego Apollon Limassol Baruch Dego is an Ethiopian-born Israeli footballer. He currently plays for Hapoel Ashkelon in Israel's Liga Leumit. Dego, who grew up in Maccabi Ironi Ashdod F.C., was transferred to Maccabi ...more

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Miruts Yifter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Miruts Yifter Miruts Yifter is a former Ethiopian athlete and winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. His date of birth is often given as 15 May 1944, though there is some uncertainty about ...more

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Elfenesh Alemu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
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 ...more

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Mekonnen Gebremedhin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Mekonnen Gebremedhin Mekonnen Gebremedhin Woldegiorg is an Ethiopian middle distance runner, who specializes in the 1500 metres. He is known for consistently placing close to the top three in each Diamond League ...more

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Dire Tune is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Dire Tune 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 ...more

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Mamo Wolde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Mamo Wolde Degaga Wolde was an Ethiopian long distance runner who competed in track and road running events. He was also the winner of the marathon at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Wolde was born in Diri Jille ...more

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Abebe Bikila is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila was a double Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia, most famous for winning a marathon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running barefoot. A stadium in Addis Ababa is ...more

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Million Wolde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Million Wolde Million Wolde is an Ethiopian athlete, winner of the 5000 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics. At the age of only seventeen, Million Wolde competed in the 1996 World Junior Championships in ...more

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Gebregziabher Gebremariam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Gebregziabher Gebremariam Gebregziabher Gebremariam is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. He established himself at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, winning the junior title in 2002 and two silver medals in ...more

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Tesfaye Tola is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Tesfaye Tola Tesfaye Tola is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, most known for winning a bronze medal in marathon at the 2000 Summer Olympics. The next year he finished fourth at the 2001 World ...more

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Tariku Bekele is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Tariku Bekele Tariku Bekele is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who specializes in the 5000 metres. He is the younger brother of Kenenisa Bekele. He is the fourth fastest Ethiopian ever over 5000 m and 3000 ...more

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Deriba Merga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Deriba Merga Deriba Merga Ejigu is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. He mainly competes in the marathon. He finished fourth in that event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and went on to win the Boston Marathon ...more

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Fikru Teferra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Fikru Teferra Lam Sơn Thanh Hóa F.C. Fikru Teferra Lemessa is an Ethiopian football striker for Bidvest Wits F.C. in the ABSA Premiership.

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Fita Bayisa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Fita Bayisa Fita Bayisa is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, most known for winning a bronze medal on the 5000 metres at the 1992 Summer Olympics. A year before he had won a silver medal at the World ...more

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Adane Girma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Adane Girma Ethiopia national football team Adane Girma is an Ethiopian footballer. He currently plays for Saint-George SA, and is a member of the Ethiopia national football team. He has scored 8 goals for the national team since his ...more

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Degu Debebe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Degu Debebe Ethiopia national football team Degu Debebe is an Ethiopian footballer. He currently plays for Saint-George SA.

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Gezahegne Abera is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Gezahegne Abera Gezahegne Abera is an Ethiopian athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Born in Etya, Arsi Province, Gezahegne's first international competition was the 1999 Los ...more

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Dejene Berhanu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Dejene Berhanu Dejene Berhanu was a male Ethiopian runner, who specialized in the 5000 metres. Berhanu finished 11th in the short race at the 2004 World Cross Country Championships and 5th in the 5000 at the ...more

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Anwar Siraj is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Anwar Siraj Al-Saqr Anwar Siraj is retired Ethiopian footballer. Siraj was also a member of the Ethiopia national football team. He finished his career in 2009.

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Assefa Mezgebu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Assefa Mezgebu Assefa Mezgebu is a retired Ethiopian long-distance runner, most known for winning a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres event at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was also the runner-up at the 2001 ...more

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Addis Abebe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Addis Abebe Addis Abebe is a former long-distance runner from Ethiopia, best known for winning a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

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Mohamed Kedir is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Mohamed Kedir Mohamed Kedir is a former long-distance runner from Ethiopia,who has won 60 gold, 40 silver and 30 bronze medals in 5K, 10K and cross country races in a career that span 25 years. Mohammed won ...more

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Eshetu Tura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Eshetu Tura Eshetu Tura is a retired long-distance runner from Ethiopia. He won the bronze medal in 3,000 metres steeplechase at the 1980 Summer Olympics.