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Getenesh ("Gete") Wami (Ge'ez:ጌጤነሽ 'ጌጤ' ዋሚ born December 11, 1974 in Debre Berhanmarker) is a female Ethiopianmarker cross country and track runner.

She won gold at the 1999 World Championships in Sevillemarker, timing 30:24.56, which was a new African Record and Championships Record .

Wami won the 2006 Berlin Marathon finishing in front of Salina Kosgei and Monika Drybulska on September 24. She was expected to beat the world record over 15 km during the Zevenheuvelenloop in and around Nijmegenmarker on 19 November 2006, but failed. Wami finished in second position during the race, nine seconds behind Mestewat Tufa who finished in 47:22.

In 2007, Wami won the Berlin Marathon again. Thirty-five days later, she finished 23 seconds after Paula Radcliffe after running right behind her for the first 25.5 miles. Her second-place finish gave her the World Marathon Majors Series Title, which she was rewarded $500,000 for.

In August 2008, Gete Wami dropped out of the Beijing Olympic Marathon after running in the lead pack for much of the race, as did her teammate Berhane Adere.

Major achievements

Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1996 1996 Summer Olympics Atlantamarker, United Statesmarker 3rd 10,000 m
1999 IAAF World Championships Sevillamarker, Spainmarker 1st 10,000 m
2000 2000 Summer Olympics Sydneymarker, Australia 3rd 5,000 m
2000 2000 Summer Olympics Sydneymarker, Australia 3rd 10,000 m
2001 IAAF World Championships Edmontonmarker, Albertamarker 3rd 10,000 m
2002 Amsterdam Marathon Amsterdammarker, Netherlandsmarker 1st Marathon
2005 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon San Diego, Californiamarker, U.S.marker 1st Marathon
2006 Berlin Marathon Berlinmarker, Germanymarker 1st Marathon
2006 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegenmarker, Netherlandsmarker 2nd 15,000 m
2007 Berlin Marathon Berlinmarker, Germanymarker 1st Marathon
2007 New York Marathon New York, New Yorkmarker, U.S.marker 2nd Marathon
2007 World Marathon Majors various 1st Marathon


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