Fita Bayisa

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Fita Bayisa
Personal information
Born December 15, 1972

Fita Bayisa (Amharic: ፍታ ባይሳ; born December 15, 1972 in Ambo, Oromia)[1] is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, most known for winning a bronze medal on the 5000 metres at the 1992 Summer Olympics. A year before he had won a silver medal at the World Championships in Tokyo. Before the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Bayisa had emerged as the favourite for 10,000 metres, as he had defeated a world-class field at the Bislett Games in Oslo in a time of 27:14.26 min. However, he failed to make an impact on the 10,000 m final, which was won by Khalid Skah.

Among his other achievements, he was the winner of the 1999 Belgrade Race Through History. He beat Paul Tergat by a second in the unusual race across Belgrade's city fortress.[2]

Personal bests[edit]

  • 1500 metres - 3:35.35 (1999)
  • 3000 metres - 7:35.32 (1996)
  • 5000 metres - 13:05.40 (1993)
  • 10,000 metres - 27:14.26 (1992)
  • 8 kilometres - 22:22 (2000)
  • 5 miles road - 22:29 (2000)


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 1st 5,000 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 2nd 5,000 m
All-Africa Games Cairo, Egypt 1st 5,000 m
1992 World Cross Country Championships Boston, United States 3rd Cross
Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain 3rd 5,000 m
IAAF World Cup Havana, Cuba 1st 5,000 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5,000 m
African Championships Durban, South Africa 3rd 10,000 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 10th 5,000 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 4th 5,000 m


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