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List of popular female athletes from Ethiopia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ethiopia has a rich history of competing in sports, and these are the famous females that make that competition so exciting. Some of the best Ethiopian female athletes in the world are listed below, some of who have represented Ethiopia in the Olympics. You can click on the names of these talented female athletes of Ethiopia in order to get more information about each one, such as the birthplace of the athlete and when they were born.

This list is made up of many different athletes, including Gelete Burka and Sentayehu Ejigu.

This list answers the questions, "What famous female athletes are from Ethiopia?" and "Who are the greatest female Ethiopian athletes?"
Tirunesh Dibaba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia
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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 metres champion. She has won in total five world track titles and five world cross country titles. She is nicknamed the "Baby Faced Destroyer." Born in the village of Bekoji, Dibaba was the 4th of 6 children. She was raised in the high-altitude Arsi in Ethiopia. She began doing athletics at the age of 14. She moved to the capital Addis Ababa in 2000. Dibaba is part of an athletic family, with older sister Ejegayehu Dibaba winning the silver medal in the 10,000m at the 2004 Summer Olympics and brother ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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#34 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Meseret Defar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia
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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 including Olympic and World Championship gold medals over 5000 metres. She broke the world record in the event in 2006, broke it again in 2007 and held it until 2008, when fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba beat her time. Defar has been successful in the 5000 m at the Olympic Games, taking gold at the 2012 London Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has experienced similar success in the World Championships, taking silver in 2005 Helsinki Championships and gold at the ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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#42 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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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. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Debre Berhan, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

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Derartu Tulu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia
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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 Bekoji in the highlands of Arsi Province, the same village as Kenenisa Bekele. Derartu is the first Ethiopian woman to win a gold medal which she won in the 10,000m event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. The race, where her and Elana Meyer raced for lap after lap way ahead of the rest of the field launched her career. She sat out 1993 and 1994 with a knee injury and returned to competition in the 1995 IAAF World Cross Country Championships where she won gold, having arrived at the race only an hour ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopia

Also Ranked

#88 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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