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Ethiopia Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Ethiopia at Rio Olympics

Ethiopia has always participated in the Olympic Games since 1956 except for 1976, 1984 and 1988 due to the African, Soviet and North Korean boycott. The country has won 45 medals since its first participation. Ethiopia won the highest number of medals (8) in 2000 and was ranked 20 out of 26 participants.

In 2016 Ro Olympics, 34 Ethiopian athletes will participate with one cyclist qualifying in the men's Olympic road race for the first time since 1992. The 2016 Summer Games, which is the 13th year of the Ethiopia's appearance, has come with major improvements on the number of events participated. The Ethiopian athletes are pinning hopes on track events.

Major achievements

Ethiopia has won maximum medals in 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter marathons with sporadic success being observed throughout. Ethiopia is well known in for its prowess in long-distance marathon.

Top Ethiopian athletes

The first renowned athlete from Ethiopia, Abebe Bikila, was still the first Olympic gold medalist from sub-Saharan Africa. The first black African woman to win a gold medal was from Ethiopia, Derartu Tulu, who also set a new record. More achievements have been attributed to Ethiopia. For instance, Haile Gebrselassie won two Olympic gold medals and four world championship titles. Kenenisa Bekele is the most accomplished runner in history setting Olympic records in both 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Sports : 3
  • Athletes Participating : 38
  • Events : 16

Olympic Medals Table Ethiopia

London 2012Summer Games3137
Beijing 2008Summer Games4127
Athens 2004Summer Games2327
Sydney 2000Summer Games4138
Atlanta 1996Summer Games2013
Barcelona 1992Summer Games1023
Moscow 1980Summer Games2024
Munich 1972Summer Games0022
Mexico 1968Summer Games1102
Tokyo 1964Summer Games1001
Rome 1960Summer Games1001

Ethiopia Olympic Athletes at 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Athletes NamesSports
Tsgabu GrmayT. GrmayCycling - Road
Rahel Fseha GebresilassieR.F. GebresilassieSwimming
Robel Kiros HabteR. HabteSwimming
Genzebe DibabaG. DibabaTrack & field
Tirunesh DibabaT. DibabaTrack & field
Almaz AyanaA. AyanaTrack & field
Lemi Berhanu HayleL. Berhanu HayleTrack & field
Hiwot AyalewH. AyalewTrack & field
Mohammed AmanM. AmanTrack & field
Mare DibabaM. DibabaTrack & field
Tesfaye AberaT. AberaTrack & field
Dejen GebremeskelD. GebremeskelTrack & field
Muktar EdrisM. EdrisTrack & field
Tigist TufaT. TufaTrack & field
Hagos GebrhiwetH. GebrhiwetTrack & field
Yigrem DemelashY. DemelashTrack & field
Tirfi TsegayeT. TsegayeTrack & field
Gelete BurkaG. BurkaTrack & field
Senbere TeferiS. TeferiTrack & field
Dawit SeyaumD. SeyaumTrack & field
Feyisa LilesaF. LilesaTrack & field
Sofia AssefaS. AssefaTrack & field
Dawit WoldeD. WoldeTrack & field
Habitam AlemuH. AlemuTrack & field
Aman WoteA. WoteTrack & field
Gudaf TsegayG. TsegayTrack & field
Tigist AssefaT. AssefaTrack & field
Tamirat TolaT. TolaTrack & field
Mekonnen GebremedhinM. GebremedhinTrack & field
Besu SadoB. SadoTrack & field
Etenesh DiroE. DiroTrack & field
Chala BeyoC. BeyoTrack & field
Hailemariyam AmareH. AmareTrack & field
Ababel YeshanehA. YeshanehTrack & field
Tafese SebokaT. SebokaTrack & field
Yehualeye BeletewY. BeletewTrack & field
Askale TiksaA. TiksaTrack & field
Abadi EmbayeA. EmbayeTrack & field

Last Updated On : August 05, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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