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Ethiopia at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Ethiopia at the Olympic Games

Flag of Ethiopia
IOC code  ETH
NOC Ethiopian Olympic Committee
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 27 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Miruts Yifter (opening)
Kenenisa Bekele (closing)
Rank: 18
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Ethiopia competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008.

10,000 m runner Tirunesh Dibaba ran the second fastest 10,000 metres of all time, setting an Olympic record of 29 minutes, 54.66 seconds.[1]


Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Tirunesh Dibaba Athletics Women's 10000 m
 Gold Tirunesh Dibaba Athletics Women's 5000 m
 Gold Kenenisa Bekele Athletics Men's 10000 m
 Gold Kenenisa Bekele Athletics Men's 5000 m
 Silver Sileshi Sihine Athletics Men's 10000 m
 Bronze Meseret Defar Athletics Women's 5000 m
 Bronze Tsegay Kebede Athletics Men's marathon


The Ethiopian track and field team was announced on July 13, 2008.[2]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Gashaw Asfaw Marathon N/A 2:10:52 7
Kenenisa Bekele 5000 m 13:40.13 3 Q N/A 12:57.82 OR 1st
10000 m N/A 27:01.17 OR 1st
Tariku Bekele 5000 m 13:37.63 3 Q N/A 13:19.06 6
Abreham Cherkos 13:47.60 3 Q N/A 13:16.46 5
Demma Daba 1500 m 3:37.78 8 Did not advance
Roba Gari 3000 m steeplechase 8:28.27 8 Did not advance
Haile Gebrselassie 10000 m N/A 27:06.68 6
Yacob Jarso 3000 m steeplechase 8:16.88 1 Q N/A 8:13.47 NR 4
Tsegay Kebede Marathon N/A 2:10:00 3rd
Deresse Mekonnen 1500 m 3:36.22 5 Q 3:37.85 6 Did not advance
Deriba Merga Marathon N/A 2:10:21 4
Nahom Mesfin 3000 m steeplechase 8:23.82 5 Did not advance
Sileshi Sihine 10000 m N/A 27:02.77 2nd
Mulugeta Wendimu 1500 m 3:36.67 7 q 3:40.16 10 Did not advance
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Berhane Adere Marathon N/A DNF
Zemzem Ahmed 3000 m steeplechase 9:25.63 4 Q 9:17.85 NR 7
Meskerem Assefa 1500 m 4:10.04 10 Did not advance
Sofia Assefa 3000 m steeplechase 9:47.02 8 Did not advance
Mekdes Bekele 9:41.43 9 Did not advance
Gelete Burka 1500 m 4:15.77 6 Did not advance
Meseret Defar 5000 m 14:56.32 1 Q 15:44.12 3rd
Ejegayehu Dibaba 10000 m N/A 31:22.18 14
Tirunesh Dibaba 5000 m 15:09.89 1 Q 15:41.40 1st
10000 m N/A 29.54.66 OR 1st
Meselech Melkamu 5000 m 15:11.21 4 Q 15:49.03 8
Mestawet Tufa 10000 m N/A DNF
Dire Tune Marathon N/A 2:31:16 15
Gete Wami N/A DNF


  1. ^ Dibaba kicks late for 10,000m gold
  2. ^ [1]
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