Ethiopia at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Ethiopia at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Ethiopia.svg
NOCEthiopian Olympic Committee
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors38 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Abdelmalik Muktar
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Ethiopia is expected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] The country's participation in Tokyo will mark its fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics since its debut in 1956, having missed three occasions for joining the African (1976), Soviet (1984), and North Korean (1988) boycotts.


The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 16 19 35
Cycling 0 1 1
Swimming 1 0 1
Taekwondo 1 0 1
Total 18 20 38


Ethiopian athletes further achieved the entry standards, either by qualifying time or by world ranking, in the following track and field events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[2][3]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Melese Nberet 800 m
Samuel Abate 1500 m
Selemon Barega
Samuel Tefera
Nibret Melak 5000 m N/A
Milkesa Mengesha N/A
Getnet Wale N/A
Berihu Aregawi 10000 m N/A
Yomif Kejelcha N/A
Hailemariyam Amare 3000 m steeplechase N/A
Abrham Sime N/A
Bikila Tadese Takele N/A
Lelisa Desisa Marathon N/A
Shura Kitata N/A
Sisay Lemma N/A
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Habitam Alemu 800 m
Werkwuha Getachew
Worknesh Mesele
Freweyni Hailu 1500 m
Lemlem Hailu
Diribe Welteji
Ejgayehu Taye 5000 m N/A
Senbere Teferi N/A
Gudaf Tsegay N/A
Tsigie Gebreselama 10,000 m N/A
Tsehay Gemechu N/A
Letesenbet Gidey N/A
Mekides Abebe 3000 m steeplechase N/A
Lomi Muleta N/A
Zerfe Wondemagegn N/A
Roza Dereje Marathon N/A
Birhane Dibaba N/A
Tigist Girma N/A
Yehualeye Beletew 20 km walk N/A



Ethiopia entered one rider to compete in the women's Olympic road race, by securing an outright berth, as the highest-ranked cyclist, not yet qualified, at the 2019 African Championships in Addis Ababa.[4]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Selam Amha Women's road race


Ethiopia received a universality invitation from FINA to send a top-ranked male swimmer in his respective individual events to the Olympics, based on the FINA Points System of June 28, 2021.[5]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Abdelmalik Muktar Men's 50 m freestyle


Ethiopia entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition for the first time. Solomon Demse secured a spot in the men's flyweight category (58 kg) with a top two finish at the 2020 African Qualification Tournament in Rabat, Morocco.[6]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Solomon Demse Men's −58 kg  Suzuki (JPN)
W 22–2


  1. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". Olympics. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXXII Olympiad – Tokyo 2020 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Athletes' quotas for Road Cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games". UCI. 18 November 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Tokyo Olympics Entry Lists Released, Swimming Begins July 24". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Seven countries earned Olympic taekwondo berth as the African qualifying tournament for Tokyo 2020 on opening day in Rabat, Morrocco". World Taekwondo. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
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