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Athlete Bio: Terefe Ejigu



Born: Ethiopia on the 14th October 1988


School: Wellington College

Sport: Cross-country and Athletics


1. 2002

    • 1st in the Under 14 800 metres at McEvedy Shield
    • 1st in the 800 and 1500 metres at the Wellington Secondary Schools Regional Championships.
    • 1st in the Year Nine Race at the NZSS Cross-country National Championships.
    • 2nd in the Under 16 3000 metres at the NZSS Track and Field National Championships.

2. 2003

    • 1st in the Under 15 800, 1500 and 3000 metres at McEvedy Shield.
    • 1st in the Under 16 1500 metres at the Wellington Secondary Schools Regional Championships (he opted not to compete in the 800 or 3000 metres).
    • Set new Wellington College Under 15 records in the 800, 1500 and 3000 metres of 1:59.50, 4:08.17, and 9:00.5 respectively. He broke the existing records by 6 secs, 15 secs and 12 secs respectively.
    • Set a new Wellington Centre Under 16 record of 9:00.5 breaking the previous standard by 30 seconds.
    • 1st in the Under 16 race at the NZSS Cross-country National Championships in June this year.
    • 1st in the Under 17 grade of the North Island Cross-country Championships in Taupo on the 5th July, winning by a margin of 54 seconds in his first race over 6000 metres. In doing so he competed in the Under 20 race finishing in 3rd overall position and was narrowly out sprinted by 1 second for second place by Edwin Henshaw, the silver medallist in the Senior Boys race at the NZSS Cross Country National Championships.


Terefe is originally from Ethiopia who arrived in the country in 2001 and lives with his mother and two sisters in Wellington. He is now a naturalised New Zealander.

He is currently under a very light training programme and up to now has been training no more than three times a week, with the occasional Saturday race. His strength is his phenomenal natural aerobic ability coupled with a superbly economical running style.


Thursday July 17, 2003 06:43 PM -0400