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The Ethiopian Athletes are coming

Embassy of Ethiopia London, July 30, 2012

Press Release

The majority of Ethiopia’s London 2012 team will be arriving at Heathrow terminal 3 today at 6pm on national carrier Ethiopian Airlines.

The delegation will include the current Olympic gold medal winner in the 5,000m and 10,000m Tirunesh Dibaba, who won the medals in Beijing.

Also arriving will be aspiring young new athletes – a complete list of athletes with the events they will be participating in follows.

For the first time ever, Ethiopia will be competing at Olympic level in swimming events – both the men’s and women’s 50m freestyle races.

Athletes will also be competing for the first time at this level in middle distance races such as the 400m and 800m.

The delegation will be warmly met by an Ethiopian dance troupe, Ethiopian Embassy staff and a large number of members of the Ethiopian diaspora, including representatives of the Ethiopian National Consensus Forum, a range of Ethiopian development associations and the Ethiopian diaspora members at large.

Athletics – track events

Men’s 400m

Bereket Desta

Men’s 800m

Mohammed Aman

Women’s 800m

Fantu Magiso

Men’s 1,500m

Mekonnen Gebremedhin

Dawit Wolde

Teshome Dirirsa

Women’s 1,500m

Abeba Aregawi

Genzebe Dibaba

Meskerem Assefa

Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase

Roba Gari

Berhanu Getahun

Nahom Mesfin

Women’s 3,000m steeplechase

Sofia Assefa

Hiwot Ayalew

Etenesh Diro

Men’s 5,000m

Dejen Gebremeskel

Hagos Gebrehiwot

Yenew Alamrew

Kenenisa Bekele

Men’s 10,000m

Kenenisa Bekele

Gebregziabher Gebremariam

Tariku Bekele

Women’s 5,000m

Meseret Defar

Gelete Burka

Genet Yalew

Tirunesh Dibaba

Women’s 10,000m

Tirunesh Dibaba

Balaynesh Oljira

Worknesh Kidane

Men’s marathon

Ayele Abshiro

Dion Sefer

Getu Feleke



Men’s 50m freestyle

Mulualem Girma


Women’s 50m freestyle

Yanet Seyoum Gebremedhin


An Ethiopian Film Initiative’s 15-minute film on three of the new athletes, including swimmer Yanet Seyoum Gebremedhin is available on DVD for broadcast. Please contact the Embassy press office.

There are 35 athletes in total. Four paralympians will attend the Paralympic Games 

Angela Kolongo
Press Assistant
Embassy of Ethiopia |17 Princes Gate | LONDON | SW7 1PZ

DDI: 020 7838 3883 | Mobile: 078 8637 1094 | Fax: 020 7225 3513

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