Mestawet Tufa (Amharic: መስታወት ቱፋ; born 14 September 1983 in Arsi) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She was the winner of the women's 10,000 metres at the 2007 All-Africa Games[1] and the runner up in the senior women's race at the 2008 World Cross Country Championships.[2]


She competed at the Olympic Games, but did not finish her 10,000 metres race.

Tufa equaled the 15 Kilometres road running African record of 46:57 minutes in Nijmegen in November 2008. Elana Meyer had run the same time in 1991.[3]

She competed in her first mountain race at the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race in Nigeria. She ran strongly, leading the race until the last 400 m. However, she failed to finish as she collapsed due to severe dehydration 50 m from the finish line and was treated by a medical team.[4] She returned to the race the following year and finished as runner-up, just one second behind the winner Mamitu Daska.[5]

She took third place at the Dam tot Damloop 10-mile run in September 2010, finishing with a time of 52:43.[6]

Mestawet set a course record of 1:10:03 to win the 2013 Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon.[7]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Ethiopia
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 5th 3000 m 9:16.73
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 2nd 3000 m 9:11.60
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 7th Long race (8 km) 25:59
1st Team competition 16 pts
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 8th 5000 m 16:09.29
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 1st 10,000 m 31:26.05
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 2nd Senior Race (7.905 km) 25:15
1st Team competition 18 pts
2009 World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, England 5th Half marathon 1:09:11
2nd Team competition 3:26:14

Personal bestsEdit


  1. ^ Ethiopia bags gold in women's 10,000 meters at All Africa Games Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Senior Women's Race Report - Edinburgh 2008". IAAF. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ IAAF: Area Outdoor Records - Women - AFRICA
  4. ^ Hughes, Danny (29 November 2008). "Mayr holds off road running stars, but Wyatt fades, as course records fall - Obudu Ranch Mountain Race". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ Ouma, Mark (1 December 2009). "Ethiopian double at Obudu International". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  6. ^ van Hemert, Wim (20 September 2010). "Fast ten mile runs for Kibet and Mwangangi in Zaandam". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  7. ^ Nakamura, Ken (19 May 2013). "Course records for Tadese and Tufa at Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 20 May 2013.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Irvette van Blerk
  Berhane Adere
  Bezunesh Bekele
Zevenheuvelenloop Women's Winner (15km)
Succeeded by
  Lydia Cheromei
  Bezunesh Bekele
  Tirunesh Dibaba