Sule Utura

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Sule Utura
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Ethiopia
All-Africa Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo 5000 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo 10,000 m

Gedo Sule Utura (born 8 February 1990 in Bore, Ethiopia) is an Ethiopian middle distance and long distance runner. She won the 5000 metres at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics and was third place in the 3000 metres at the World Youth Championships in the previous year.[1]

She began competing at road running events: she ran the second leg for the victorious Ethiopian team at the 2008 International Chiba Ekiden and won the BOclassic in 2009.[2] She was the bronze medallist over 5000 m at the 2009 African Junior Athletics Championships.[3] She took the 10K title at the Great Ethiopian Run in November 2010 in a time of 33:35 minutes and was second at that year's BOclassic behind Vivian Cheruiyot.[4][5]

She ran at the Trofeo Alasport cross country race in March 2011 and was narrowly beaten by Sylvia Kibet at the line.[6] In the absence of major national rivals, she easily won the 5000 m at the Ethiopian Athletics Championships, although the time was slow.[7] At the 2011 All-Africa Games she secured a 5000/10,000 m double.[8] At the start of the 2012 season she was runner-up at the Trofeo Alasport.[9]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 4th Junior race
World Youth Championships in Athletics Ostrava, Czech Republic 3rd 3000 m
2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 5000 m
2009 World Cross Country Championships Amman, Jordan 6th Junior race
2011 All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 1st 5000 m
1st 10,000 m

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Date Place
1500 m 4:13.42 2 June 2007 Trento, Italy
3000 m 8:43.72 7 July 2010 Rethymno, Greece
5000 m 14:44.21 23 May 2010 Shanghai, China


  1. ^ Utura and Storl highlight opening evening - IAAF World Junior Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  2. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-01-01). Three-peat for Soi in Bolzano. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ 2009 Africa Junior Athletics Championships – Full results. African Athletics (2009-08-02). Retrieved on 2009-09-30.
  4. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2010-11-22). Utura and A. Bekele take Great Ethiopian Run 10km titles in Addis Ababa. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  5. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-01-01). Merga and Cheruiyot take dramatic victories in Bolzano. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-01.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-03-28). Another cross country win for World champion Merga - Alà dei Sardi report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-29.
  7. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2011-05-08). Utura takes 5000m crown in Addis Ababa - Ethiopian champs, Days 3 and 4. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-05-13.
  8. ^ Makori, Elias (2011-09-15). From Daegu to Maputo, Jeylan and Montsho rule! - All Africa Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-17.
  9. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-03-26). Kipkoech and Jepleting take close victories in Sardinia XC. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.

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