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Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

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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

Birthplace: Bekoji

Nationality: Ethiopia

Kenenisa Bekele (Amharic: ቀነኒሳ በቀለ; born 13 June 1982) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner and the current world record and Olympic record holder in both the 5000-metre and 10,000-metre events. ...more
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Haile Gebrselassie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Asella, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Haile Gebrselassie (Amharic: ኃይሌ ገብረ ሥላሴ, haylē gebre silassē; born 18 April 1973) is a retired Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete. He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 ...more

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

Birthplace: Bekoji

Nationality: Ethiopia

Tirunesh Dibaba, also known as Tirunesh Dibaba Kenene, (Amharic: ጥሩነሽ ዲባባ ቀነኒ; born 1 June 1985) is an Ethiopian athlete who competes in long distance track events and international road races. ...more

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

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Meseret Defar Tola (Amharic: መሰረት ደፋር; born 19 November 1983) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes chiefly in the 3000 metres and 5000 metres events. She has won medals at top-tier ...more
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Gete Wami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Debre Berhan, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Getenesh "Gete" Wami Degife (Ge'ez:ጌጤነሽ 'ጌጤ' ዋሚ ደግፌ born December 11, 1974 in Debre Berhan) is an Ethiopian former long-distance runner who competed in cross country, track, and road ...more
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Derartu Tulu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Derartu Tulu (Amharic: ደራርቱ ቱሉ; Afaan Oromo: Daraartuu Tulluu; born March 21, 1972) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who competed in track, cross country running, and road running up to the ...more
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Fatuma Roba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Fatuma Roba (Amharic: ፋጡማ ሮባ; born 18 December 1973) is an Ethiopian long distance runner, best known for being the first African woman to win a gold medal in the women's Olympic marathon race ...more
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Werknesh Kidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Maychew, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Werknesh Kidane (Amharic: ወርቅነሽ ኪዳነ; born November 21, 1981), is an Ethiopian long distance runner from Tigray who competes in both 5000 and 10,000 metres. She has won numerous medals at the ...more
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Ejegayehu Dibaba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Ejegayehu Dibaba Keneni (Amharic: እጅጋዬሁ ዲባባ;Afaan Oromo: Ijigaayahuu Dibaabaa; born 21 March 1982 in Bekoji) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She is a member of the Oromo ethnic group from ...more
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Robel Teklemariam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Robel Zeimichael Teklemariam (born September 16, 1974) 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 ...more
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Gelete Burka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Gelete Burka Bati (sometimes misspelled Burika, Oromo: Galate Burqaa Baati, Amharic: ገለቴ ቡርቃ; born 23 January 1986) is an Ethiopian middle-distance and long-distance runner. She was born in ...more
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Youssouf Hersi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
FC Twente

Birthplace: Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Netherlands, Ethiopia

Position: Midfielder

Youssouf Hersi (born 20 August 1982) is a retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.
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Sentayehu Ejigu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Debre Marqos, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Sentayehu Ejigu Tamerat (born 21 June 1985 in Debre Markos, Amhara Region) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who specializes in the 3000 and 5000 metres. She represented Ethiopia at the 2004 ...more
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Meselech Melkamu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Debre Marqos, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Meselech Melkamu (Amharic: መሰለች መልካሙ; born 27 April 1985 in Debre Marqos) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She defeated Meseret Defar to win the 5000 metres gold medal at the 2008 African ...more
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Berhane Adere is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Berhane Adere Debala (Ge'ez: ብርሀኔ አደሬ born 21 July 1973 in Shewa) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specialises in the 10,000 metres and the half marathon. She was world champion over ...more
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Mestawet Tufa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Mestawet Tufa (Amharic: መስታወት ቱፋ; born 14 September 1983 in Arsi) 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 ...more
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Bezunesh Bekele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Bezunesh Bekele (full name Bezunesh Bekele Sertsu, also written Bizunesh Bekele; born 29 January 1983) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specializes in cross-country running and
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Wude Ayalew is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Gojjam, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Wude Ayalew Yimer (Amharic: ውዴ ፡ አያሌው ፡ ይመር; born 4 July 1987 in Gojjam) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She was the bronze medallist over 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in ...more
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Amiya Taga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
Hapoel Ashkelon

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia, Israel

Position: Midfielder

Imaye Taga (Hebrew: אמייה טגה‎, born 1 February 1985) is a retired Ethiopian-born Israeli footballer who now serves as a member of the Netanya city council.
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Asha Gigi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Asha Gigi Roba (born 15 October 1973 in Arsi) 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, ...more
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Kutre Dulecha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Kutre Dulecha (born August 22, 1978 in Sidamo) 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 ...more
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Ayelech Worku is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Ayelech Worku (born June 12, 1979) 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 ...more
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Sileshi Sihine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Sileshi Sihine (Amharic: ስለሺ ስህኔ; born January 29, 1983 in Sheno) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. Sihine won silver medals in the 10,000 metres at both the 2004 Athens Olympics and the ...more
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Benjamin Kibebe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
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Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia, Sweden

Position: Defender

Benjamin Kibebe (born August 13, 1981) is a Swedish footballer.
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Mestawat Tadesse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Mestawat Tadesse (born 19 July 1985) 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 ...more