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Ejegayehu Dibaba Keneni (Amharic: እጅጋዬሁ ዲባባ;Afaan Oromo: Ijigaayahuu Dibaabaa; born 21 March 1982 in Bekoji) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner.

Ejegayehu Dibaba
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Ethiopia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 10,000 m
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Helsinki 5000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Helsinki 10,000 m

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 (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 easily winning her marathon debut.[2] Ejegayehu Dibaba is 1.60 m tall and weighs 46 kg.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event
2002 African Championships Radès, Tunisia 3rd 5000 m
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 9th Short race
2nd Team competition
World Championships Paris, France 9th 10,000 m
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 1st 10,000 m
Athletics at the 2003 All-Africa Games Abuja,Nigeria 1st 10,000 m
2004 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 10th Short race
1st Team competition
2nd Long race
1st Team competition
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 10,000 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 5000 m
2005 World Cross Country Championships St Etienne, France 14th Short race
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 5000 m
3rd 10,000 m
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 14th Long race
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 4th 5000 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 6th 10,000 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 14th 10,000 m
2008 African Championships in Athletics Addis Ababa,Ethiopia 2nd 10,000 m

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.