Ethiopia is famed for its record-breaking athletes, such as Haile Gebreselassie, who won four world championship titles before retiring, and Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. They are constantly lifting the bar in their quest to become the world’s best runner.
These heavyweights in their fields, however, are not alone. Other prominent Ethiopian record-holders are listed below.
Ethiopian World Record Holders
Kenenisa Bekele, an Ethiopian, holds three world records as the world’s fastest man runner. In 2004, he won the award for the 5,000-meter (3.10-mile) indoor race in Birmingham and the outdoor race in the Netherlands,
which he completed in just over 12 minutes. Kenenisa became one of the biggest stars in sports a year later when He broke yet another World Athletics world record, this time in the 10,000 meters (6.21 miles) at a race in Belgium.
Ataye Eligidagne’s lip plate is the world’s largest facial adornment, measuring 59.5 centimetres (23.42 inches) in circumference and 19.5 centimetres (7.67 inches) in diameter. Guinness World Records measured the lip plate in 2014.
The lip plate, constructed of clay, is a sign of beauty for Ataye, a tribeswoman from the Surma people in Southern Ethiopia. The larger the plate, the more beautiful a woman is regarded to be. This also indicates that her parents will receive a larger payment in exchange for her hand in marriage.
The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye)
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is an Ethiopian-Canadian singer who holds two Guinness World Records. With 60 million unique listeners in 2015, his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, became the most-streamed album on Spotify in a year. The Weeknd also holds the record for the longest time in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 by a single male artist, with 45 weeks on the list.
Belachew Tola created the world’s largest cowboy boot. The massive handcrafted boot is 2.50 meters (8.2 feet) long and 2.38 meters (7.8 feet) wide, and it can fit a person inside. Belachew, who has been producing shoes since he was 13 years old, spent seven years designing the world-record-breaking cowboy boot in 2008.
Tameru Zegeye is unable to walk, but he continues to participate in sports despite his disability. He is, in fact, a circus performer. Tameru developed the ability to move about with his hands like a toddler. Tameru ran 100 meters (328 feet) in 57 seconds in 2015 while using forearm crutches balanced in a handstand stance.
Kirubel Yilma puts on an incredible show, spraying water from his mouth for 56.36 seconds straight. The world record holder downs many bottles of water just before doing the deed. Kirubel, a medical student at Addis Ababa University, claims to have acquired muscle control and breathing techniques that have led to this result. In 2016, he broke the previous world record.
Tirunesh Dibaba shattered a record that had stood for nearly 22 years when she ran 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) in slightly over three minutes in a race held in Monaco in 2015. Tirunesh also owns the world record for the fastest 5,000-meter (3.10-mile) run, which he set in 2008 in Oslo, Norway, with 14 minutes and 11 seconds.
Abebe Bikila, a two-time Olympic marathon champion, is a pioneer in Ethiopia’s excellent sporting history. In 1960, he achieved the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon run in bare feet. At the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, Abebe finished in two hours, 15 minutes, and 16.2 seconds.
Amanuel Michael and Samuel Afeka
Ethiopians Amanuel Michael and Samuel Afeka of Ethiopia Circus put on an incredible show, performing 40 consecutive foot-juggling flips in 30 seconds. On June 12, 2013, they performed on the set of Guinness World Records – Rekorlar Dunyasi in Istanbul, Turkey.
This world record holder is one-of-a-kind. Zeresenay Alemseged, an Ethiopian paleoanthropologist, discovered it in the Afar Depression in northern Ethiopia.
Selam is the world’s oldest human ancestor infant, with the complete skeleton of her species. Archaeologists discovered Selam in 2000 after it had been submerged for 3.3 million years.