Sileshi Sihine

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Sileshi Sihine
Kenenisa Bekele Osaka 2007 cropped.jpg
Sileshi Sihine at a press conference at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Ethiopia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 10,000 m
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing 10,000 m
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Helsinki 5000 m
Silver medal – second place 2005 Helsinki 10,000 m
Silver medal – second place 2007 Osaka 10,000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Paris 10,000 m
All-Africa Games
Gold medal – first place 2003 Abuja 10000 m

Sileshi Sihine (Amharic: ስለሺ ስህኔ; born January 29, 1983 in Sheno) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner.

Sileshi achieved a silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as at the 2005 World Championships and 2007 World Championships as well as a bronze medal in 2003. He also picked up a silver medal in the 5000 m at the 2005 World Championships.


Sileshi began running at school, inspired by the achievements of his compatriot Haile Gebrselassie, and after success at junior level, he emerged as a leading senior athlete. He established himself as a competent cross country runner with consecutive wins at the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños in 2002 and 2003.[1]

Sileshi Sihine was one of the three Ethiopians, along with Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie who swept the gold, silver, bronze medals in the 10,000 m of 2003 World Championships. He took the 10,000 m gold at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games.

He won a silver medal in the 10,000 m at the 2004 Athens Olympics, behind his compatriot Kenenisa Bekele.[2][3][4]

Sileshi won the silver medal in the 10,000 m behind Kenenisa Bekele and the silver medal in the 5000 m at the 2005 World Championships.

He was third in the 2004 World Cross Country Championships and 2nd behind Kenenisa Bekele in 2006 World Cross Country Championships.[5]

At the 2007 World Championships Sileshi took the silver medal in the 10,000 m, again finishing behind Bekele. The following year he yet again took a silver medal behind his countryman Bekele at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

He attempted his first marathon race at the 2011 Amsterdam Marathon, but dropped out after 36 km.[6]

In February 2015, he was elected president of the newly formed Ethiopian Athletes’ Association.[7]

Personal life

Sileshi Sihine is married to three-time Olympic champion athlete Tirunesh Dibaba. Their wedding was broadcast live on national television.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 10,000m 29:03.74
2003 World Championships Paris, France 3rd 10,000 m 27:01.44
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st 10,000 m 27:42.13
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 1st 10,000 m 27:48.40
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 10,000 m 27:09.39
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st 5,000 m 13:06.95
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 5,000 m 13:32.81
2nd 10,000 m 27:08.87
World Half Marathon Championships Edmonton, Canada 4th Half Marathon 1:01:14
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 10,000 m 27:09.03
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 2nd 10,000 m 27:02.77

Personal bests

Surface Event Time (m:s) Venue Date
Track 3000 m 7:29.92 Rieti, Italy 28.08.2005
5000 m 12:47.04 Rome, Italy 02.07.2004
10,000 m 26:39.69 Hengelo, Netherlands 31.05.2004
Road 10 km 27:56 Nijmegen, Netherlands 21.11.2004
15 km 41:38 Nijmegen, Netherlands 21.11.2004
20 km 58:09 Edmonton, Canada 01.10.2005
Half marathon 1:01:14 Edmonton, Canada 01.10.2005
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. Valiente, Emeterio (2003-12-22). Sihine in a class of his own in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  2. 2004 Athens Olympics Brilliant Bekele takes gold - BBC
  3. 2004 Athens Olympics Haile farewell - IAAF
  4. 2004 Athens Olympics YouTube video: Men's 10000m
  5. World Cross Country Championships -
  6. van Hemert, Wim (2011-10-16). Chebet sizzles sub-2:06, course record for Gelana in Amsterdam. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-19.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kenya Richard Yatich
Men's Zevenheuvelenloop Winner (15 km)
Succeeded by
Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie