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Full Name: Werkesh Kidane
Sex:  Female
Born:  21 November 1981, (Axum, Tigre Province, Ethiopia)
Event: 5000m, 10000 m, Cross- country

Personal Bests: 



Berlin, Germany
Villeneuve d'Ascq


As a 15 year old, Worknesh was 13th in the Junior race at the World Cross-country, the only time that she has finished out of the top 10.


Worknesh was World Junior Cross-country champion in 1999.


At 18 Kidane finished 7th at 5000m in the Sydney Olympics (14:47.40).


She was runner up last year in the senior 4km at the World Cross-country.

She improved her PB  at 5000m to 14:43.53 (5th fastest of 2002), finishing second to Berhane Adere (Ethiopia) in the Berlin GL meeting. 

Late in the year she won the Great Ethiopian Run 10km in course-record time.


Pre-race - World Cross-country - After two wins, a 2nd and a 4th in four weeks on the European cross-country circuit, she returned home for the Ethiopian World Cross-country trials. There she won the 8km race by 10 seconds, pulling away from a strong field in the final kilometres, and the next day, only slightly weary, finished a strong 2nd in the 4km. 

She has been named to both teams, and could well come away with two individual medals in Lausanne.

Workesh Kidane took the Long Course (8km) title at the World cross Country.

W Kidane - World Cross-country 2003


World Cross Country - Workesh Kidane (848) took the Bronze Medal in the Senior Women's Long Course 8km race on Saturday in a time of 27:34. Ethiopia took the Team Gold medal with 26 points.

World Cross Country - Workesh Kidane (848) was 4th in the Senior Women's Short Course 4km race on Sunday, in a time of 13:14. Ethiopia took the Team Gold medal with 19 points.



Ethiopia's Werknesh Kidane was third in the women's 8km race at the World Cross Country.

Great North Run 2005

The women's race was won for the first time by an Ethiopian, Derartu Tulu claiming an emphatic victory leading from start to finish to cross the line in the world leading time for the year of 1:07.33.

The two-time Olympic 10000m champion was part of an early leading group that included fellow countrywoman Worknesh Kidane and Berhane Adere. Edith Masai last year's runner-up and Catherine Ndereba led the Kenyan challenge, with Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia a former third placer in the world's biggest half marathon, also a contender. But after eight miles, Tulu with only her colleagues having stayed with her, injected extra pace to draw away, taking Kidane with her but Adere was unable to respond.

Tulu, going even quicker, at the nine-mile stage dropped Kidane and although she was clearly struggling towards the latter part of the race, she maintained her form to claim victory. Kidane, contesting only her second half marathon was second in 1:08.09 just holding off the fast closing Prokopcuka who ran a tremendous last three miles, by two seconds.




World Cross-country Career: 1997 - 13th,(Jnr) team bronze
1998 -
Bronze (Jnr), team gold
1999 -
Gold (Jnr), team gold
2000 - 9th (Jnr), team
2001 - 5th (4km), team
2002 -
? (8km)

         - Silver (4km), team gold

2003 - Gold (8km)

2004 - Bronze (8km), team gold

         - 4th (4km), team gold  

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