S. Teferi Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Selamawit Dagnachew Teferi

Born on March 24, 1994, S. Teferi represents Israel in the Olympic marathon. She will run the 5,000 metres for Israel at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Both the 800 and 1,500 metre events in Israel have been won by her.

Selamawit Dagnachew Teferi

As a member of a non-Jewish household, S. Teferi was born in Ethiopia. From she wed an Israeli national in April of 2018, she has been a citizen of Israel since that time. Her husband, Israeli Olympian marathoner Marhu Teferi, was born in Ethiopia and will compete in the 2020 Summer Games.

They make history as Israel’s first ever Olympic couple. On July 5, 2017, S. Teferi ran an 800 metre national record of 2:13.11, and on July 4, 2019, he ran a 1,500 metre national record of 4:14.07. Both of these times were good enough to win the Israeli national championships.

S. Teferi Set a New Record For The Country

In the women’s 5,000-meter race, S. Teferi not only broke the national record, but also placed seventh overall, qualifying her for the championship. S. Teferi completed the 5 km run in 14 minutes, 53.43 seconds, smashing the previous Israeli record set by Lonah Chemtai Salpeter by six seconds.

S. Teferi first gained national prominence in 2011 when he won the 1,500-meter event at the Ethiopian Athletics Championships. Two years later, he won the 5,000-meter event. Once she recovered from her injury, she moved her attention to cross country, where she was equally as successful.

Placing second in the senior race and first in the team race at the 2015 World Championships. In the same year, she won silver in the 5,000-meter event at the World Championships.

S. Teferi is a Two-Time Olympian

S. Teferi has competed in the Olympics twice, won silver at the world championships twice, and holds the world record in the 5K distance. She ran the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon in a then-record 1:07:35 to take first place, and then returned to Central Park three months later to take first place in the Mastercard New York Mini 10K.

This year she set a new course record at the B.A.A. 5K and finished first at the Peachtree Road Race. S. Teferi placed sixth in the 5,000 metre event at both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She ran the 5K in 14 minutes, 29 seconds to win the adizero Road To Records competition in Germany, just six weeks after competing in Tokyo. She broke the previous record held by Sifan Hissan for women by 15 seconds.

S. Teferi set a new course record of 30 minutes, 59 seconds at the 2019 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, formerly held by Joyce Chepkirui in 2014. It took her a whole minute less to cross the finish line than the runner-up, a Kenyan woman named Monicah Ngige.


S. Teferi earned bronze at the Guldensporenmeeting in Kortrijk, Belgium, on July 13, 2019, in the 5,000-meter event. Qualifying her to compete for Israel in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Her time was 15 minutes and 8.39 seconds. In the Olympic competition, she finished 10th.


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