Fita Bayisa

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Fita Bayisa [Amharic]]: ፊጣ ባይሳ;) born December 15, 1972 in Ambo, Oromia)[1] is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, most known for winning a bronze medal on the 5000 metres at the 1992 Summer Olympics. A year before he had won a silver medal at the World Championships in Tokyo. Before the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Bayisa had emerged as the favourite for 10,000 metres, as he had defeated a world-class field at the Bislett Games in Oslo in a time of 27:14.26 min. However, he failed to make an impact on the 10,000 m final, which was won by Khalid Skah.

Fita Bayisa
Personal information
BornDecember 15, 1972

Among his other achievements, he was the winner of the 1999 Belgrade Race Through History. He beat Paul Tergat by a second in the unusual race across Belgrade's city fortress.[2]

Personal bestsEdit

  • 1500 metres - 3:35.35 (1999)
  • 3000 metres - 7:35.32 (1996)
  • 5000 metres - 13:05.40 (1993)
  • 10,000 metres - 27:14.26 (1992)
  • 8 kilometres - 22:22 (2000)
  • 5 miles road - 22:29 (2000)

AchievementsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Ethiopia
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 1st 5,000 m 13:42.59
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 2nd 5,000 m 13:16.64
All-Africa Games Cairo, Egypt 1st 5,000 m 13:36.91
1992 World Cross Country Championships Boston, United States 3rd Cross (12.53 km) 37:18
Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain 3rd 5,000 m 13:13.03
IAAF World Cup Havana, Cuba 1st 5,000 m 13:41.23
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5,000 m 13:05.40
African Championships Durban, South Africa 3rd 10,000 m 27:26.90
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 10th 5,000 m 13:25.98
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 4th 5,000 m 13:37.03

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sports Reference Database - Fita Bayisa Archived 2011-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Butcher, Pat (1999-10-13). Fita Bayissa wins Belgrade Race Through History. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.

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