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Famous Female Athletes from Ethiopia

Updated June 14, 2019 29.9k views20 items

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?"
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  • 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. She is the 5000 metres (outdoor track) world record holder. She has won three Olympic track gold medals, five World Championship track gold medals, four individual World Cross Country (WCC) adult titles, and one individual WCC junior title. She is nicknamed the "Baby Faced Destroyer."... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Meseret Defar

    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 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. In 2007 on a track in Brussels Belgium, she became the only woman, with a 2 mile run in less than 9 minutes (8:58:58 minutes). This is an improvement for the world record by 11 seconds.Defar has been successful in the 5000 m at the Olympic Games, taking gold... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Addis Ababa, 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 events. Her brother, Mulugeta Wami, is also a professional marathon runner.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Debre Berhan, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia
  • Derartu Tulu
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    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 marathon distance.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
    • Nationality: Ethiopia