Top 10 Richest Athletes in Ethiopia 2018 Ranking
List of the most popular, renowned or famous athletes from Ethiopia. The list includes the most notable athletes from Ethiopia.
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10. 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 2006. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007 in Sapporo, Teklemariam finished 74th in the individual sprint and 104th in the 15 km event. His best career finish was 25th in a lesser event at 15 km race in Switzerland in January 2010. Although he has lived in the United States since the age of 9, he has founded and heads the Ethiopian National Skiing Federation, and still speaks fluent Amharic.
9. 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 younger sisters Tirunesh and Genzebe are also international long distance athletes, and brother Dejene is marked as a future star. Like her sister Tirunesh, her cousin Derartu Tulu is a double Olympic gold medalist. Ejegayehu beat her cousin to take the silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics, her two bronze medals at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics were behind her sister winning the gold in the final sprint.
8. 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 Ethiopia at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2012. She was the silver medallist at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and a gold medallist at the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
7. 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 1996 Summer Olympics. She finished fourth at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics. Roba also won three straight Boston Marathons from 1997–1999, earning her the nickname “Our Lady of Boston”. The three-time Boston champion narrowly missed a fourth straight title in 2000, coming in third in the closest finish in race history. She also won the Rome City Marathon in 1996, the Portugal Half Marathon in 2001 and the Nagano Olympic Commemorative Marathon in 2004.
6. 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 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.
5. 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
4. 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 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.
3. 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 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.
2. 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 in these events; he also won the 2004 Olympic title over 10,000 m. He is married to Danawit Gebregziabher and has one brother Tariku Bekele. He is the most accomplished runner in IAAF World Cross Country Championships history, with six long course and five short course titles. He won the 10,000 m title at the World Championships in Athletics four times running from 2003 to 2009.
1. 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 Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Further to this, he won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion. Haile had major competition wins at distances between 1500 metres and the marathon, moving from outdoor, indoor and cross country running to road running in the latter part of his career.