04 NOV 1998 General News Derartu Tulu has introduced her 3

A daughter for Derartu

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Olympic gold medallist Derartu Tulu on Wednesday announced that she had become a mother but still planned to take part in the 2000 Olympics.

While not as famous as her male counterpart Haile Gebrselassie, Derartu has enjoyed a huge public following in Ethiopia since she became the first black African woman to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 metres in 1992.

Pictured in an Ethiopian daily newspaper with her three-month-old baby girl -- whose birth had been a closely guarded secret -- she said she was already training for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, this time for the marathon event.

Derartu, 27, now a major in the Ethiopian police force, is credited with inspiring a generation of Ethiopian women atheletes, including international middle-distance runners Fatuma Roba and Gette Wame.