Athlete Profile

Abebe Dinkesa

  • COUNTRY Ethiopia Ethiopia
  • DATE OF BIRTH 6 MAR 1984
Abebe Dinkessa wins the 2005 Boclassic (Lorenzo Sampaolo)
Abebe Dinkessa wins the 2005 Boclassic (Lorenzo Sampaolo)
  • COUNTRY Ethiopia Ethiopia
  • DATE OF BIRTH 6 MAR 1984


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Abebe Dinkessa, Ethiopia (3000/5000/cross country)

Born 6 March 1984, Dendhi, near Ambo, northern Ethiopia (also birthplace of 1992 Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Fita Bayissa)

Lives in Addis Ababa.
 
Manager: Jos Hermens. Coach: Tolosa Kotu (national) and Hussein Shebo (club) 

Club: Prisons Police

Second of three children, parents grain farmers.

Completed 10 years of school; plans to continue studies in near future.  

Abebe started running at 13 when his uncle brought him from Dendhi to Ambo to study and work in his shop. In Denhi, Abebe had walked and run 10 km to and from school. After three years, the uncle’s shop failed and Abebe was able to study and train full time. “If the shop hadn’t closed,’ says Abebe, “I wouldn’t have taken up running seriously.” At 17 he won the 5000m and took 5th in the 10,000m in the Ambo Interschool championships.

In July 2001, he made his first visit to Addis Ababa to take part intrials for the World Half Marathon championships. He finished 90th running barefoot, but was happy to have run with his idol Haile Gebrselassie. His uncle, who had accompanied him, was also pleased and gave him his blessing to take up running fulltime. He ran in a fewregional half marathon and cross country races in Ambo before moving to Addis Ababa to join the Ethiopian Electric & Power Corp. (EEPCO) club in September 2001.

In February 2002 he finished 9th in Ethiopia’s World Junior Cross trials, barefooted for the last time. Signed by manager Jos Hermens, he travelled to Holland for five track races  and finished the year with an impressive 4th in the Great Ethiopian Run, just yards behind Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam, Sileshi Sihine and Kenenisa Bekele.

In the 2002-03 cross country season, he raced three times in Spain (5th Amorebeita, 2nd Santander, 4th San Sebastian) and was preparing for the Ethiopian trials when he sustained a foot injury. He started the 4 km race at the trials and wound up aggravating a multiple fracture of his toes, curtailing his 2003 season until he returned to action in November, finishing 9th in the Great Ethiopian Run. He then ran two races in the Addis Ababa Municipal cross country championships, winning the 12 km and finishing 3rd in the 4km behind Dejene Berhanu and Maeregu Zewde.

Abebe made a promising return on the 2003-04 international cross country circuit in France and Belgium before going down with flu days before the Ethiopian World Cross trials. He finished 10th in the 4km race and dropped out of the 12km. Turning to the track, he finished 4th at 10,000m in the Ethiopian Championships in May behind Sileshi, Dejene, and Gebre-egziabher and was included in the provisional team for Athens. Unfortunately, a lackluster early track season in Europe (a distant 3rd in the Hengelo 10,000 in 27:23.60 behind the blazing pace of Sileshi and Haile, and modest PBs at 5000m in Spain and Belgium –13:30.92 and 13:23.85) was not enough to lift Abebe into the top three of Ethiopia’s world-leading 5000 and 10,000 ranks. “I was not disappointed,” he says, “because I knew the others were far better than me.”

As a consolation, Abebe was selected to run 10,000 in the African Championsihps in July in Brazzaville, where he finished 2nd (28:10.49) to Kenya’s 2001 World Champ Charles Kamathi. He then won the Ethiopian half marathon championships, but finished a disappointing 10th (64:06) in the World Championships in New Delhi.

He made up for New Delhi by winning the longest (12 km) stage in Japan’s Chiba Ekiden, helping Ethiopia take the team title. He then wrapped up the year with an outstanding turn of speed to win the 2004 Great Ethiopian Run.

Abebe’s current cross country season has been uneven—a win in Brussels in December over European champ Sergey Lebed and Olympic 10,000 bronze medalist Tadesse Zersenay, 2nd to Maeregu Zewde in Seville, then 6th in Elgoibar. But he came up trumps in Ethiopia’s World Cross trials, taking the 12 km title by an 18-second margin over Gebre-egziabher. This World Cross is Abebe’s first, but his coaches are confident that he is ready to medal.

Yearly Progression 5000/10,000:  2002 – 13:42.30/--;  2004 – 13:23:85 / 27:23.60

A note on Ethiopian names: Ethiopians are customarily referred to by first name or first and second name together, the second name being the father’s first name.

Prepared by Elshadai Negash for the IAAF “Focus on Africans” Project © 2005.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 7:40.00 London (CP) 26 JUL 2008
5000 Metres 12:55.58 Paris Saint-Denis 01 JUL 2005
10,000 Metres 26:30.74 Hengelo 29 MAY 2005
10 Kilometres 28:15 Rotterdam 14 SEP 2008
15 Kilometres 42:42 Rotterdam 14 SEP 2008
20 Kilometres 58:26 Göteborg 12 MAY 2012
Half Marathon 1:00:03 Rotterdam 14 SEP 2008
25 Kilometres 1:14:46 Amsterdam 21 OCT 2012
Marathon 2:14:33 Dubai 27 JAN 2012
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 7:44.31 Stuttgart 04 FEB 2006
Two Miles 8:28.22 Boston (Roxbury), MA 28 JAN 2006
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 7:40.00 London (CP) 26 JUL
2004 7:57.73 Gateshead 27 JUN
2002 7:53.7 Izegem 08 JUN
5000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2009 13:08.63 Hengelo 01 JUN
2008 13:12.22 Milano 02 JUL
2006 13:13.40 New York City, NY 03 JUN
2005 12:55.58 Paris Saint-Denis 01 JUL
2004 13:23.85 Heusden-Zolder 31 JUL
10,000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2009 27:17.49 Utrecht 14 JUN
2008 27:17.27 Pergine Valsugana 12 JUL
2006 28:05.07 Bambous 13 AUG
2005 26:30.74 Hengelo 29 MAY
2004 27:23.60 Hengelo 31 MAY
10 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 28:15 Rotterdam 14 SEP
2006 28:38 Rennes 15 OCT
15 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 43:24 Göteborg 12 MAY
2008 42:42 Rotterdam 14 SEP
2006 42:43 Nijmegen 19 NOV
2005 43:28 Edmonton 01 OCT
20 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 58:26 Göteborg 12 MAY
2005 58:27 Edmonton 01 OCT
Half Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 1:01:38 Göteborg 12 MAY
2011 1:03:10 Egmond aan Zee 09 JAN
2008 1:00:03 Rotterdam 14 SEP
2005 1:01:53 Edmonton 01 OCT
2004 1:04:06 New Delhi 03 OCT
25 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 1:14:46 Amsterdam 21 OCT
Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 2:16:20 Dubai 24 JAN
2012 2:14:33 Dubai 27 JAN
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2006 7:44.31 Stuttgart 04 FEB
Two Miles Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2006 8:28.22 Boston (Roxbury), MA 28 JAN
Honours - 5000 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 9 13:46.51 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 10 SEP 2005
Honours - 10,000 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics f DNF Berlin (Olympiastadion) 17 AUG 2009
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7 27:13.09 Helsinki 08 AUG 2005
Honours - Half Marathon
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF / Caixa World Half Marathon Championships 7 1:03:04 Rio de Janeiro 12 OCT 2008
14th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 5 1:01:53 Edmonton 01 OCT 2005
13th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 10 1:04:06 New Delhi 03 OCT 2004
Honours - Senior Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 41 36:51 Edinburgh (Holyrood Park) 30 MAR 2008
35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships f DNF Mombasa 24 MAR 2007
Honours - Junior Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
30th IAAF/Sport Ireland World Cross Country Championships 9 23:50 Dublin 24 MAR 2002
Honours - Short Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 39 11:26 Fukuoka 01 APR 2006
Honours - Long Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 71 38:19 Fukuoka 02 APR 2006
33rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 4 35:37 Saint-Galmier 20 MAR 2005


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Abebe Dinkessa, Ethiopia (3000/5000/cross country)

Born 6 March 1984, Dendhi, near Ambo, northern Ethiopia (also birthplace of 1992 Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Fita Bayissa)

Lives in Addis Ababa.
 
Manager: Jos Hermens. Coach: Tolosa Kotu (national) and Hussein Shebo (club) 

Club: Prisons Police

Second of three children, parents grain farmers.

Completed 10 years of school; plans to continue studies in near future.  

Abebe started running at 13 when his uncle brought him from Dendhi to Ambo to study and work in his shop. In Denhi, Abebe had walked and run 10 km to and from school. After three years, the uncle’s shop failed and Abebe was able to study and train full time. “If the shop hadn’t closed,’ says Abebe, “I wouldn’t have taken up running seriously.” At 17 he won the 5000m and took 5th in the 10,000m in the Ambo Interschool championships.

In July 2001, he made his first visit to Addis Ababa to take part intrials for the World Half Marathon championships. He finished 90th running barefoot, but was happy to have run with his idol Haile Gebrselassie. His uncle, who had accompanied him, was also pleased and gave him his blessing to take up running fulltime. He ran in a fewregional half marathon and cross country races in Ambo before moving to Addis Ababa to join the Ethiopian Electric & Power Corp. (EEPCO) club in September 2001.

In February 2002 he finished 9th in Ethiopia’s World Junior Cross trials, barefooted for the last time. Signed by manager Jos Hermens, he travelled to Holland for five track races  and finished the year with an impressive 4th in the Great Ethiopian Run, just yards behind Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam, Sileshi Sihine and Kenenisa Bekele.

In the 2002-03 cross country season, he raced three times in Spain (5th Amorebeita, 2nd Santander, 4th San Sebastian) and was preparing for the Ethiopian trials when he sustained a foot injury. He started the 4 km race at the trials and wound up aggravating a multiple fracture of his toes, curtailing his 2003 season until he returned to action in November, finishing 9th in the Great Ethiopian Run. He then ran two races in the Addis Ababa Municipal cross country championships, winning the 12 km and finishing 3rd in the 4km behind Dejene Berhanu and Maeregu Zewde.

Abebe made a promising return on the 2003-04 international cross country circuit in France and Belgium before going down with flu days before the Ethiopian World Cross trials. He finished 10th in the 4km race and dropped out of the 12km. Turning to the track, he finished 4th at 10,000m in the Ethiopian Championships in May behind Sileshi, Dejene, and Gebre-egziabher and was included in the provisional team for Athens. Unfortunately, a lackluster early track season in Europe (a distant 3rd in the Hengelo 10,000 in 27:23.60 behind the blazing pace of Sileshi and Haile, and modest PBs at 5000m in Spain and Belgium –13:30.92 and 13:23.85) was not enough to lift Abebe into the top three of Ethiopia’s world-leading 5000 and 10,000 ranks. “I was not disappointed,” he says, “because I knew the others were far better than me.”

As a consolation, Abebe was selected to run 10,000 in the African Championsihps in July in Brazzaville, where he finished 2nd (28:10.49) to Kenya’s 2001 World Champ Charles Kamathi. He then won the Ethiopian half marathon championships, but finished a disappointing 10th (64:06) in the World Championships in New Delhi.

He made up for New Delhi by winning the longest (12 km) stage in Japan’s Chiba Ekiden, helping Ethiopia take the team title. He then wrapped up the year with an outstanding turn of speed to win the 2004 Great Ethiopian Run.

Abebe’s current cross country season has been uneven—a win in Brussels in December over European champ Sergey Lebed and Olympic 10,000 bronze medalist Tadesse Zersenay, 2nd to Maeregu Zewde in Seville, then 6th in Elgoibar. But he came up trumps in Ethiopia’s World Cross trials, taking the 12 km title by an 18-second margin over Gebre-egziabher. This World Cross is Abebe’s first, but his coaches are confident that he is ready to medal.

Yearly Progression 5000/10,000:  2002 – 13:42.30/--;  2004 – 13:23:85 / 27:23.60

A note on Ethiopian names: Ethiopians are customarily referred to by first name or first and second name together, the second name being the father’s first name.

Prepared by Elshadai Negash for the IAAF “Focus on Africans” Project © 2005.