Assefa Mezgebu

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Assefa Mezgebu
Assefa Mezgebu, Patrick Ivuti, 2000.jpg
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Ethiopia
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney 10000 m
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Edmonton 10,000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Sevilla 10,000 m
All-Africa Games
Gold medal – first place 1999 Johannesburg 10,000 m

Assefa Mezgebu (born June 19, 1978 in Sidamo) is a retired Ethiopian long-distance runner, most known for winning a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres event at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was also the runner-up at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, following a bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics. He also competed in cross-country running and reached the podium at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 1998 and 2000.

Assefa Mezgebu is the younger brother of Ayele Mezgebu.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 14th 10,000 m 27:56.06
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 1st 5000m 13:35.30
1st 10,000m 28:27.78
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 5th 10,000 m 27:32.48
1998 World Cross Country Championships Marrakech, Morocco 3rd Long race (12 km) 34:28
1999 World Championships Sevilla, Spain 3rd 10,000 m 27:59.15
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 1st 10,000 m 28:12.15
2000 World Cross Country Championships Vilamoura, Portugal 2nd Long race (12.3 km) 35:01
Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 3rd 10,000 m 27:19.75
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 10,000 m 27:53.97

Personal bests[edit]