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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
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 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 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
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 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 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, 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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
FC Nordsjælland
Benjamin Kibebe is an Ethiopian-born Swedish footballer.
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Mestawat Tadesse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Ethiopia
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