Shitaye Eshete

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Shitaye Eshete
Shitaye Eshete Rio 2016.jpg
Eshete at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born 21 May 1990 (1990-05-21) (age 27)
Height 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 51 kg (112 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 5000 m – marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 5000 m – 15:03.13 (2013)
10,000 m – 30:47.25 (2012)
marathon – 2:25:36 (2016)[2]

Shitaye Eshete Habtegebrel (born 21 May 1990) is an Ethiopian-born long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain.

She first began competing for the oil-rich Gulf state in 2009, making her debut at the Asian Cross Country Championships in Manama. She won the women's junior title while team-mate Tejitu Daba, another former Ethiopian, completed a Bahraini 1–2.[3] Her debut at the global level came shortly afterwards at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and she finished 24th in the junior race, one place behind Daba.[4] She was entered into the 5000 metres race at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships in November and she came sixth.[5]

Shitaye made her senior debut the following year, running at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and she was eleventh overall in the rankings, leading the Bahrain women alongside Mimi Belete to ninth place in the team competition.[6] In August she made her first appearance on the IAAF Diamond League, setting a 5000 m best of 15:25.67 minutes at the DN Galan.[7] She was the sole representative for Asia-Pacific in that event at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, where she was sixth.[8] The 2010 Asian Games saw her claim her first international medal, as she took third for the bronze medal over 10,000 metres behind Indian duo Preeja Sreedharan and Kavita Raut.[9]

She was one place lower than her previous position at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, just edging into the top twelve of the women's senior race.[10] However, she led the national team to fourth in the rankings, aided by the presence of Maryam Yusuf Jamal.[11] She performed well on the track that year, taking the 10,000 m title at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships,[12] the 5000 m title at the 2011 Military World Games,[13] and then breaking the Bahraini record with a run of 31:21.57 minutes to finish sixth in the 10,000 m final at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.[14] She ended the year with a 5000 m bronze and 10,000 m silver at the 2011 Pan Arab Games.[15]

Shitaye began the next season indoors, setting a national record for the 3000 metres to take the title at the 2012 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships.[16] She then finished fifth in the final of that event at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[17] Heading outdoors, she won the women's title at the Asian Cross Country Championships, leading a women's sweep of the top three.[18]

She took a career break in 2014 to have a child and returned to competition in late 2015.[19]


  1. ^ Shitaye Eshete.
  2. ^ Shitaye Eshete. IAAF
  3. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2009-03-02). Jamal and Abdullah cruise to title defence – Asian Cross Country Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  4. ^ 2009 World XC Championships – Women's Junior Race. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  5. ^ 2009 Asian Championships. Tilastopaja (2009-11-14). Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  6. ^ Senior Race – W Final. IAAF (2010-03-28). Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  7. ^ 2010 DN Galan – Women's 5000 m. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  8. ^ 2010 Continental Cup. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  9. ^ Strong night for India as Asian Games kick off before a crowd of 75,000 in Guangzhou – Asian Games, Day 1. IAAF (2010-11-22). Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  10. ^ Johnson, Len (2011-03-20). Cheruiyot wins race of champions – Women's Senior Race Report – Punta Umbria 2011. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  11. ^ Official Team Results Senior Race – W. IAAF (2011-03-20). Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  12. ^ AsC Kobe JPN 7 – 10 July 19th Asian Championships. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-08-13.
  13. ^ Women's 5000 metres Results.
  14. ^ 2011 World Championships Women's 10,000 metres final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  15. ^ Athletics. ArabGames2011. Retrieved on 2011-12-15.
  16. ^ Results Book. Asian Athletics. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  17. ^ Eshete Shitaye. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  18. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2012-03-25). Bahrain dominates at Asian XC champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  19. ^ Event record-holder Ronoh returns to Prague. IAAF (2015-09-03). Retrieved on 2015-09-05.

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