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Letesenbet Gidey (born 20 March 1998) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner.[1][2] She is the 2015 and 2017 U20 World Cross Country World Champion, the fourth woman to win back-to-back titles. At the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Gidey became the silver medalist in the 10000m.

Letesenbet Gidey
Letesenbet Gidey 2016 FBK-Games.jpg
Letesenbet Gidey in 2016
Personal information
Born (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 21)
Endameskel, Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Event(s)5000 metres
10,000 metres



Gidey went to the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championship in Guiyang, China on 28 March. She won the U20 World title on the 6030 m course in a time of 19:48 in additon to the team title. At the age of 17, she became the youngest junior women's winner in 15 years. Fellow Ethiopians Dera Dida finished second and Etagegne Woldu third, in 19:49 and 19:53 respectively.[3]


Letensenbet Gidey ran the 5000 meters in Hengelo, Netherlands on 22 May. She won in a time of 14:58.44.[4]


On 26 March 2017, Gidey ran in the U20 IAAF World Cross Country Championship's women's race. She finished first on the 6 km course in Kampala, Uganda. Hawi Feysa (Ethiopia) finished in second place with Celliphine Chespol (Kenya) ranked third.[5]

She competed in the women's 5000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.[6] She advanced to the finals and finished 11th out of 14 starters. The final was won by Hellen Obiri (Kenya) in a time of 14:34.86, the Silver medal went to Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) with 14:40.35 and Bronze to Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) with 14:42.74.[7]


She ran the 5000 meters in Eugene, USA on 26 May. Gidey won in a time of 14:30.29.[4]


In the 2019 edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championship she participated in the women's senior race. The 5000 m world champion Hellen Obiri (Kenya) won on the 10.2 km course in Aarhus, Denmark. Obiri's winning time was 36:14, with Dera Dida as the runner up and Gidey taking the Bronze medal.

She won the women's 10000 m Ethiopian trials on 17 July. Her winning time on the track in Hengelo, Netherlands was 30:37.89.[4]

2019 IAAF World Championships in DohaEdit

On 28. Sep, Gidey became the silver medalist in the 10000m at the 2019 World Championship in Doha. The run was won by Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) in a time of 30:17.33, a new Dutch national record. Gidey finished in 30:21.23, with Agnes Tirop (Kenia) coming in third placed in 30:25.50.[8]

Personal bestsEdit


Event[4] Time Venue Date
1500 metres 4:11.11 Herouville 15 June 2017
3000 metres 8:20.27 Palo Alto 30 June 2019
5000 metres 14:23.14 Rabat 13 July 2018
10000 metres 30:21.23 Doha 28 September 2019
10 kilometres 33:55 Bangalore 19 May 2019


  1. ^ "Letesenbet Gidey – from reluctant runner to global champion| News |".
  2. ^ "Letesenbet Gidey". IAAF. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Letesenbet Gidey junior women Guiyang |". Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Letesenbet GIDEY | Profile |".
  5. ^ "Gidey cruises to second straight U20 women's title – IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017| News |". Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  6. ^ "5000 Metres Women". IAAF. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "IAAF 2015 WC 5000 m womens final" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Report: women's 10,000m - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019| News |". Retrieved 29 September 2019.

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