Tirunesh Dibaba is an Ethiopian athlete. Tirunesh Dibaba was born in Bekoji, at an elevation of 2,800 meters in the high plains of Ethiopia. Long-distance champions like Derartu Tulu and Kenenisa Bekele, who won a total of five Olympic titles between them, came from the town of Bekoji. She once remarked, “I grew up running with pails of water, going to fetch from the river every day after school to help my mother.”
One of three siblings that have achieved sports success is hers. Her older sister Ejegayehu won a silver medal in the 10,000 m at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, while Genzebe, her younger sister, is the 2015 world champion and holder of the 1,500 m world record.
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is the youngest female world champion in history, the first woman to win the 5,000- and 10,000-meter double at the Olympics, and the first woman to successfully defend a long-distance title in competition.