Tejitu Daba

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Tejitu Daba
Tejitu Daba during the 2013 World Cross Country Championships
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Bahrain
Pan Arab Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Doha 10,000 m
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Kobe 5000 m

Tejitu Daba Chalchissa (born 20 August 1991) is an Ethiopian-born long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain.[1] She competes mainly in cross country and track running events. She won the gold medal over 5000 metres at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships.

Tejitu began running for Bahrain in 2009 and her first outing for her adopted country came at the Asian Cross Country Championships, where she was second in the junior ranks behind Shitaye Eshete (another Ethiopian-turned-Bahraini).[2] She then ran in the junior race of the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, placing 23rd overall. Turning to track events, she completed a 5000 metres/10,000 metres double at the Arab Athletics Championships.[3] In October she won the 3000 metres gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games [4] She looked set to top the podium again at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships, but she slowed too early at the line and allowed Xue Fei to pip her at the line.[5] Tejitu also represented Bahrain in the 10,000 m at the competition and was fourth overall.

At the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, she reached the top ten in the junior race and was the only runner in the top twelve who did not compete for Kenya or Ethiopia.[6] She ran a national junior record over 3000 m at the Arab Junior Championships, taking a 3000/5000 m double. She went on to take the 5000 m gold at the 2010 Asian Junior Athletics Championships, although she managed only fourth over 3000 m. Later that month she attended the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics and delivered a 3000 m best of 9:01.22 minutes and 5000 m best of 15:29.78 minutes, reaching the top five in both disciplines.[3] She represented Asia/Pacific at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and came sixth in the 3000 m. She was chosen to compete for Bahrain at the 2010 Asian Games and gave her third personal best performance of the year in the 10,000 m, where her time of 32:21.29 minutes brought her seventh place.[7]

She moved up to the senior level in 2011 and helped the Bahraini women to fourth in the team rankings at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[8] Tejitu won her first major senior title later that year, winning the 5000 m at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships while two other former Ethiopians (Genzebe Shami and Shitaye Eshete) made it a distance running sweep for Bahrain from 1500 metres to 10,000 m.[9] She placed second behind Shitaye Eshete in the 5000 m at the 2011 Military World Games,[10] and went on to set a personal best of 15:14.62 minutes to finish ninth at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. She ended the year with a 10,000 m win at the 2011 Pan Arab Games.[11]

She won the bronze over 3000 metres at the 2012 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, but failed to make it past the heats at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[3] She was runner-up in a Bahraini podium sweep at the 2012 Asian Cross Country Championships alongside Shitaye Eshete and Genzebe Shami.[12]


  1. ^ News Item: Ethiopia: 5 Ethiopian-born Athletes to represent Bahrain at the 16th Arab Athletics Championships Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. EthioGuardian (2009-09-22). Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  2. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2009-03-02). Jamal and Abdullah cruise to title defence – Asian Cross Country Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  3. ^ a b c Tejitu Daba. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  4. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2009-11-02). Andreyev's 5.60m vault the highlight as Asian Indoor Games conclude in Hanoi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  5. ^ Two golds for host Chinese as Asian Champs kick off in Guangzhou. IAAF (2009-11-11). Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  6. ^ Johnson, Len (2010-05-28). Cherono sets the record straight – Women's Junior race report – Bydgoszcz 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  7. ^ CHALCHISSA Tejitu Daba. gz2010. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  8. ^ Tejitu Daba (Bahrain). The Sports. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  9. ^ Bahrain sweeps 5,000 races at Asian championships. USA Today (2011-07-09). Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  10. ^ CISM Río de Janeiro BRA 17 – 23 July. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-08-19.
  11. ^ Georgiotis, Vasileios (2011-12-21). Qatar’s young guns shine in Doha – Arab Games report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-21.
  12. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2012-03-25). Bahrain dominates at Asian XC champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.

External links[edit]

  • Tejitu Daba at IAAF
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Tejitu Daba". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.