Derartu Tulu

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Birthday
21, 1972
Birthplace
Ethiopia
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
21, 1972 (age 46)
Birthplace
Ethiopia

About

Long-distance track, road, and marathon athlete who became the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Before Fame

She won the gold medal for the 10,000 meters at the 1990 World Junior Championship in Athletics, which she followed up with her victory over South African Elana Meyer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Trivia

She came in first at the 2009 New York City Marathon at the age of 37, beating several luminaries, including Salina Kosgei, Lyudmila Petrova, and arch-rival Paula Radcliffe.

Family Life

She was born into the prominent and powerful Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia.

Associated With

She and fellow Ethiopian Olympian Kenenisa Bekele both grew up in the village of Bekoji.