CNN: Finding Ethiopia’s Future Gold Medalists (Video)

Photo: Ethiopian Running Coach Sentayehu Eshetu

Ethiopian (CNN): Finding Ethiopia’s Future Gold Medalists

CNN meets Ethiopia’s running coach Sentayehu Eshetu as he holds time-trials in a small village of Bekoji and selects two girls to join a regional camp.


Bekoji (Amharic: በቆጂ) is a town in central Ethiopia. Located in the Arsi Zone of the Oromia Region, it has a latitude and longitude of 7°35′N 39°10′E with an elevation of 2810 m. It is the administrative centre of Limuna Bilbilo woreda.

This town is located on the all-weather road to Goba built during the Italian occupation, 56 km south of Asella, and 50 km east of Lake Langano. A local landmark is the church of Liemu Maryam, east of Bekoji.[2]

Bekoji is also known as the home town of many famous Ethiopian athletes. They include: Derartu TuluFatuma RobaTiki GelanaMestawet Tufa, the Bekele brothers (Kenenisa and Tariku) and the Dibaba sisters EjegayehuTirunesh and Genzebe. Young athletes in Bekoji are featured in the 2012 documentary film Town of Runners.