Sofia Assefa (Amharic: ሶፍአ አሠፋ; born 14 November 1987 in Tenta, South Wollo) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She was the silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Assefa at the 2010 Memorial van Damme
|Born||November 14, 1987|
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||52 kg (115 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
She won the silver medal in the 3000 metre steeplechase at the 2012 Summer Olympics, with a time of 9:09.84 minutes. Her 3000-metre steeplechase personal best was also set in 2012, a time of 9:09.00 set in June 2012 in Oslo.
In 2013, she won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow; and in 2015 she won the gold medal at the African Games in Brazzaville.
Assefa's athletics career began in 2003, when she competed in the Adjibar high school competition in Tenta, her home district, in the region of South Wollo. She was selected to represent her region. In the regional competition, she ran the 5000 m, instead of the sprints that she had competed in previously. She was still successful though.
After competing unsuccessfully in the 2005 Ethiopian national championships, she chose to quit school and move to Addis Ababa. There, she joined the Ethiopian Bank club. The club already had athletes competing in the 5000 and 10000 m, so they wanted her to compete in the 3000 m steeplechase. Although she didn't like the event, she competed for the club at the 2006 Ethiopian championships in this event. To her own surprise, she won the bronze.
Her success encouraged her, and she joined the club as one of their steeplechasers.
In 2007, she narrowly failed to qualify for the Ethiopian team for the World Championships.
- "IAAF: Sofia Assefa | Profile". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
- "Women's 3000m Steeplechase - Olympic Athletics - London 2012". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23.