Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

Africa’s first black female athlete to win gold at the Olympics, Derartu Tulu, will now be featured on postage stamps in her home country Ethiopia.

The stamps were unveiled today in the capital, Addis Ababa, to mark International Women’s Day.

Each stamp in the series shows moments in her career starting from her first Olympic win in 1992 in Barcelona, when she was aged just 20, state broadcaster EBC reported.

Derartu is a huge figure in the country and has been the president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) since November 2018.

Her Olympic wins also included 10,000m gold in 1992, the same again at Sydney 2000, and a bronze at Athens in 2004.

She is the latest Ethiopian athlete to be honoured with a stamp in the East African nation – previous figures include Abebe Bikila and Haile Gebrselassie.

By Joy

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