Derartu Tulu

Derartu Tulu ( Amharic: ዻራርቱ ቱሉ; born March 21, 1972 in Bekoji ) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She was twice Olympic champion and world champion once in the 10,000 meter run and six times world champion in cross-country running.


Tulu made ​​for the first time attracted attention when she won the silver medal at the 1991 World Cross Country Championships. At the World Athletics Championships 1991, she was eighth in the 10,000 m. Then the same distance she won the gold and at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, the silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. In 1995, she also won the first of three world titles in Cross Country; more followed in 1997 and 2000. Even with road races it was early success in their careers. In 1994 she won the Corrida de São Silvestre Internacional and 1996 the Great South Run. In 1997 she went to the Boston Marathon, finishing in fifth place.

At the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, she won a second time the gold medal in the 10,000 meters, this time with her personal best time of 30:17,49 min. Shortly thereafter she won at the Erstaustragung the Portugal Half Marathon. At the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton she became world champion in the 10,000 meters for the first time. But also on the marathon course she was successful this year: She won the London Marathon in 2:23:57 h and the Tokyo International Women's Marathon. In 2003 she triumphed at the Lisbon Half Marathon.

At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, she was third in the 10,000 meters behind Xing Huina (CHN ) and her cousin Ejegayehu Dibaba. The following year she was at the Nagano Marathon Third, the marathon of the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki fourth in her personal best time of 2:23:30 h, winner of the Great North Run and the Great South Run and third parties at the New - York -City- Marathon. After two years of competition break she went to work in 2008 returned with a second place at the Madrid Marathon. To the end of the season they won in the Course de l' Escalade. In 2009, she was first in the Fourth Nagano Marathon and then became the first Ethiopian runner the New York City Marathon.

Derartu Tulu is 1.55 m tall and weighs 44 kg. She comes from the same village as the successful long distance runner Kenenisa Bekele. In 1998, she became the mother of a daughter. Tulu is athlete ambassador of development organization Right to Play.

Personal Best

  • 3000 m: 8:46,32 min, June 25, 2000 Portland
  • 5000 m: 14:44,22 min, 5 September 2003 Brussels
  • 10,000 m: 30:17,49 min, 30 September 2000 Sydney
  • Half Marathon: 1:08:26 h 24 September 1995 Grevenmacher
  • Marathon: 2:23:30 h, August 14, 2005, Helsinki