Ejegayehu Dibaba

Ejegayehu Dibaba Keneni (Oromo: Ijigaayoo Dibaabaa; Amharic: እጅጋዬሁ ዲባባ); born 21 March 1982, in Bekoji) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Ejegayehu earned bronze medals for the 5000 metres and 10,000 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. She took gold medals in the 10,000 m at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games and All-Africa Games.

Ejegayehu Dibaba
Personal information
Native nameIjigaayoo Dibaabaa
Birth nameእጅጋዬሁ ዲባባ
Born (1982-03-21) March 21, 1982 (age 40)
Bekoji, Arsi Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
RelativesTirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba (sisters),
Derartu Tulu (cousin)
Event(s)Long-distance running

Ejegayehu comes from a sporting family of several Olympic medalists, which includes her sisters Tirunesh and Genzebe, and her cousin Derartu Tulu.


Ejegayehu Dibaba is an Ethiopian long-distance runner 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 medallist (1992 and 2000).

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.

She took part in a 7 km race at the Memorial Peppe Greco in September 2010 and took second place behind Sylvia Kibet.[1]

Ejegayehu made her debut over the marathon distance at the 2011 Chicago Marathon and defeated Kayoko Fukushi by 2 minutes, 29 seconds in making her marathon debut at 2:22:09, the third fastest debut time and easy win.[2] Ejegayehu Dibaba is 1.60 m tall and weighs 46 kg.

International competitionsEdit

Representing   Ethiopia
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2002 African Championships Radès, Tunisia 3rd 5000 m 15:56.02
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 9th Short race 12:59
2nd Team competition 24 pts
World Championships Paris, France 9th 10,000 m 31:01.07
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st 10,000 m 32:34.54
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 1st 10,000 m 33:01.12
2004 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 10th Short race 13:23
1st Team competition 19 pts
2nd Long race 27:29
1st Team competition 26 pts
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 10,000 m 30:24.98
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 5000 m 14:59.52
2005 World Cross Country Championships St Etienne, France 14th Short race 13:51
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 5000 m 14:42.47
3rd 10,000 m 30:26.00
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 14th Long race 26:37
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 10,000 m DNF
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 4th 5000 m 16:07.87
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 6th 10,000 m 32:30.44
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2nd 10,000 m 32:50.36
Olympic Games Beijing, China 12th 10,000 m 31:22.18
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5000 m DNS

Personal bestsEdit


  1. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (27 September 2010). "Soi and Kibet take victories in Scili". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. ^ Ferstle, Jim (9 October 2011). "Mosop and Shobukova scorch to Chicago titles - UPDATED". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. Although she finished second, she was subsequently awarded the win in 2014 when Lilya Shobukova was subsequently disqualified for a doping scheme. See Doping in Russia for details on Shobukova's incident leading to disqualification.

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