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Alemitu Bekele


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Alemitu Bekele, born 17 September 1977 in Shoa, Ethiopia is an Ethiopian-born Turkish long-distance runner who specializes in the 5000 meters. In the 5000 meters she finished seventh at the 2008 Olympic Games. In the 3000 metres she won the gold medal at the 2009 European Indoor Championships, and also competed at the 2008 World Indoor Championships without reaching the final round. She set an indoor European record at the beginning of 2010: her time of 14:46.44 at the GE Galan was enough to beat Gabriela Szabo's 11-year-old mark. Despite this achievement, which made her the fifth fastest of all-time over the distance, she finished some twenty seconds adrift of winner Meseret Defar who narrowly missed the world record.

She won the 5,000 meters at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in a championship-record time of 14 minutes, 52.20 seconds at Barcelona's Olympic stadium. She represented Team Europe at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and claimed the 3000 m silver medal behind Meseret Defar. She opened her 2011 season at the Cinque Mulini and won the individual title as well as the team title for Üsküdar Belediyespor as part of the European Cross Country Club Championships. At the 79th edition of the Cinque Mulini, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting which incorporated the European Cross Country Club Championships. Alemitu Bekele crossed the finish-line in 20:28 beating Ana Dulce Felix by three seconds. The European 5000 meter bronze medallist Sara Moreira completed the podium in the women’s race finishing third in 20:38.

With her individual win Bekele helped her Turkish club Üsküdar Belediyesi Spor Kulubu win the women’s senior European Club Championships with 34 points, just two points ahead of Maratona Clube de Portugal. The Italian Army Sports Group Esercito, led by fresh Italian cross country champion Nadia Ejjafini, who finished fifth, was third for the second consecutive year. The leading group after the first lap was formed by Portuguese Ana Dulce Felix and Sara Moreira, Alemitu Bekele and Italian Cross Country champion Nadia Ejjafini. They clocked 8:17 after two laps. After the bell Felix, Bekele and Moreira forced the pace and broke away. They fought it out hard for the win during the last lap. Felix took the front closely followed by Bekele, while Moreira lost ground. The race became a battle between Bekele and Felix. With 20:00 on the clock Bekele launched her kick pulling away from Felix to take the win in 20:28 by three seconds over Felix.

“I suffered from a cold last week and I was not in my best shape. This was not an easy race because the course was slippery and a bit tough for me,” said Bekele.

Personal Bests

Distance Time Location Date
1500 m 4:02:20 Izmir, Turkey July 1, 2010
3000 m 8.35.19 Lousanne, Switzerland July 8, 2010
3000 m (indoor) 8:46:50 Torino, Italy March 8, 2009
5000 m 14:52:20 Barcelona, Spain August 1, 2010
5000 m (indoor) 14:46.44 Stockholm, Sweden February 10, 2010


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