Wude Ayalew

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Wude Ayalew
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Born 4 July 1987 (1987-07-04) (age 29)
Gojjam, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Wude Ayalew Yimer (Amharic: ውዴ ፡ አያሌው ፡ ይመር; born 4 July 1987 in Gojjam) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She was the bronze medallist over 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and took the silver in that event at the 2011 All-Africa Games. Her sister Hiwot Ayalew is also a top level runner.

At the 2006 World Cross Country Championships she finished fifth in the long race, while the Ethiopian team, of which Yimer was a part, won the team competition. She finished fifth in 5000 metres at the 2006 World Junior Championships. She closed the season by winning the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños race by over 25 seconds.[1]

At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin she won the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres race. At the 2010 World 10K Bangalore in May, she set a new course record of 31:58 after beating the defending champion Aselefech Mergia in the final stretch.[2]

She took part in the Beach to Beacon race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine in August and was the runner-up behind Lineth Chepkurui.[3] She traded positions with the Kenyan at the Falmouth Road Race eight days later, edging out a win over the seven-mile course with a time of 35:46.[4] At the Delhi Half Marathon, she finished in third place for a second consecutive podium finish in two years at the event.[5]

At the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, she placed sixth and helped the Ethiopian women to the team silve medal alongside Meselech Melkamu.[6] She did not make the World Championships team, but was selected for the 2011 All-Africa Games, where she was second to Sule Utura by a fraction of a second.[7] She ended the year with a close runner-up finish behind Priscah Jeptoo at the Saint Silvester Road Race.[8] She reached the podium at the Cross de Itálica in January 2012, taking third place behind Linet Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot,[9] then won the Elgoibar Cross Country a week later.[10] She managed to win the Saint Silvester Road Race in 2014, ending a 5-year strike by Kenyan women.[11][12]

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  1. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (17 December 2006). "Dinkesa shines in Venta de Baños". IAAF. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (23 May 2010). "Mbishei, Yimer the surprise winners in Sunfeast World 10K". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Course record for Chepkurui in Cape Elizabeth 10K". IAAF. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gebremariam and Yimer the winners in Falmouth". IAAF. 16 August 2010. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Murali, Ram. Krishnan (21 November 2010). "Mergia recaptures women's crown, Mutai foils Ethiopian sweep at Delhi Half Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Official Team Results Senior Race - W. IAAF (20 March 2011). Retrieved on 2 January 2012.
  7. ^ Makori, Elias (15 September 2011). "From Daegu to Maputo, Jeylan and Montsho rule! - All Africa Games". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (1 January 2012). "T. Bekele and Jeptoo beat the Sao Paulo New Year's Eve rain". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (15 January 2012). "Kipsang and Masai reign in rainy Seville". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (22 January 2012). "Tanui and Wude Yimer take the spoils at Elgoibar Cross Country". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Etiope vence e acaba com hegemonia do Quenia" (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. Gazeta Press. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Mamo Gebrehiwot. "Ethiopians dominate Brazil Road Race". Ethiosport. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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