A town square in the Lemi Kura area of Addis Ababa is to be named after one of Ethiopia’s patriotic and popular athletes, the first African women to win a Gold Medal in Olympic history, Derartu Tulu.
The ceremony will take place this coming Sunday, according to a report by the Ethiopian News Agency.
The athletics federation expressed gratitude that the square is to be named after Deratu Tulu.
Derartu Tulu won a Gold Medal in Women’s 10,000 meters at the Barcelona Olympic in 1992. She won another Olympic Gold Medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
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I will never forget that video where she took the victory lap holding hands with the South African athlete who finished with the silver medal. South Africa was at its dawn of history to shed itself off the repugnant apartheid system and Derartu made a statement by holding hands with the white athlete that except in Apartheid system human beings are on the same footing. I still fight back tears when I watch that clip on my undying VCR. That is the image which will reverberate for centuries to come in human athletic history. What a patriot she is indeed!!!