Sileshi Sihine

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Sileshi Sihine (left) and Kenenisa Bekele in Osaka in 2007

Sileshi Sihine (born May 29, 1983 in Sheno ) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who won two Olympic medals and has great success on the track and in cross-country running. He is the husband of Tirunesh Dibaba .


He started his international career in 2002 with a sixth place in the junior race of the Cross Country World Championships and winning the silver medal in the 10,000 meter run at the Junior World Championships.

In the following year he was seventh at the World Cross Country Championships on the long distance and won the bronze medal over 10,000 m at the World Athletics Championships in Paris / Saint-Denis .

In 2004 he won bronze in the long distance of the Cross Country World Championships and won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Athens over 10,000 m behind his compatriot Kenenisa Bekele and ahead of Zersenay Tadese (ERI).

In 2005 he won the silver medal in both the 5000 and 10,000 meter runs at the World Championships in Helsinki . At the Half Marathon World Championships in Edmonton , he was fourth.

In 2006 he was runner-up in cross-country skiing (endurance), and at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, he came silver.

At the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 , he finished second over the 10,000 meters and thus won the silver medal again.

Sileshi Sihine comes from a place 75 km northeast of Addis Ababa .

He is 1.65 m tall and weighs 48 kg. His manager is Jos Hermens from the Netherlands .

Personal best

discipline power date place
3000 m 7: 29.92 min August 28, 2005 Rieti
5000 m 12: 47.04 min July 2, 2004 Rome
10,000 m 26: 39.96 min May 31, 2005 Hengelo
15 km road run 41:38 min November 21, 2004 Nijmegen
half marathon 1:01:14 h October 1, 2005 Edmonton

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