Genzebe Dibaba

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Date of Birth February 8, 1991
Place of Birth Bekoji, Ethiopia
Age 29 years old
Horoscope Aquarius

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Genzebe Dibaba

Genzebe Dibaba Keneni; is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the Beijing World Championships and a silver medal in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Olympics. Genzebe is the current world record holder for the 1500 m, the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, and the indoor mile. Her 2000 m indoor women's world's best time is the absolute world record, as it is faster than the previous women's outdoor mark. Genzebe holds the distinction of possessing the most world records by one individual in track history, with her current haul of seven, plus one world best. Genzebe was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m and the 2014 World Indoor Champion in the 3000 m. She represented Ethiopia at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and has competed at the World Athletics Championships on five occasions. She was highly successful as a junior athlete, having won two junior World Cross Country titles and one world junior 5000 m gold medal.

Sport: Women's athletics
Event(s): 1500 metres, 3000 metres, 5000 metres
Coached by: Tolera Dinka
World finals: 2009, 5000 m, 8th, 2011, 5000 m, 8th, 2013, 1500 m, 7th, 2015, 1500 m, 01! Gold, 5000 m, 03! Bronze, 2017, 1500 m, 12th
Olympic finals: 2012, 1500 m, 22nd (h), 2016, 1500 m, 02! Silver
Personal best(s): Outdoor, 800 m: 1:59.37 (Doha 2017), 1500 m: 3:50.07 WR (Monaco 2015), Mile: 4:14.30 AR (Rovereto 2016), 2000 m: 5:27.50 AR (Ostrava 2014), 3000 m: 8:21.29 (Palo Alto 2019), 5000 m: 14:15.41 (Paris 2015), Indoor, 1000 m: 2:33.06i NR (Madrid 2017), 1500 m: 3:55.17i WR (Karlsruhe 2014)

About Genzebe Dibaba

Middle and long-distance runner who competed at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and won the 1500 meters at the 2012 World Indoor Championships.

Before Fame

She was the second junior woman to win two consecutive junior cross country championships: the 2008 and 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.


She broke the Ethiopian record for the 1500 meters competition at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, coming in at 3:57.77 minutes.

Family Life

She was born into a family of Olympians: her cousin was Olympic 10,000-meters champion Derartu Tulu and her sisters were silver medalist Ejegayehu Dibaba and gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba.


She was born in the village of Bekoji, the same village in which another famed Olympic runner, Kenenisa Bekele, was also born.

Information related to Genzebe Dibaba

  • Olympic silver medalists for Ethiopia
  • Ethiopian female middle-distance runners
  • Laureus World Sports Awards winners
  • Ethiopian female long-distance runners
  • Olympic athletes of Ethiopia
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Latest information about Genzebe Dibaba updated on October 20, 2020.

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