Gelete Burka - Updated Feb 2024

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Gelete Burka

Gelete Burka is a middle-distance and long-distance Ethiopian runner. Gelete Burka was born in Kofele, Oromia Region’s Arsi Zone, the same district as double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie.

Early Life and Childhood

Gelete Burka was born on 23 January 1986, in Kofele, Oromia, Ethiopia, and her age is 36 years old as of the year 2022. Her real full name is Gelete Burka Bati.

Talking about Gelete’s parents, there is no information available on the internet about her parents’ names and professions. Similarly, there is also no information about Gelete’s siblings.

Gelete Burka is known to be Ethiopian by nationality and belongs to the Christian religion, and her zodiac sign is Aquarius.


Talking about Gelete Burka’s formal education, Gelete Burka grew up in Kofele, Oromia and she might have done her schooling at a local school in Kofele, Oromia. Furthermore, Gelete’s additional academic credentials are unavailable. Gelete may have started to play at an early age, and that’s why she might have skipped college.

Body Measurements

Gelete Burka stands at the height of 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 43 kilograms. But Gelete’s exact body measurements are not available.

Similarly, Gelete has beautiful black eyes and hair but her dress size and shoe size are not available.

Gelete hasn’t inked tattoos on any parts of her body now as of 2022. Gelete simply doesn’t see the necessity for so much ink.

Gelete Burka

Caption: Gelete running on the track. Source: Tumblr

Career and Professional Life

Gelete’s first notable accomplishment came in 2003 when she won bronze in the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Burka made her senior athletics debut later that year, winning the women’s race at the Lotto Cross Cup Brussels after the Ethiopian federation refused to allow Merima Denboba to compete.

Similarly, Gelete won the short race at the World Cross Country Championships in April 2006, as well as a gold medal in the team competition. She established herself as a cross-country powerhouse, winning the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country three years in a row from 2006 to 2008 and the Cross Internacional de Italica title in 2007.

Gelete competed for her country in the 2008 Summer Olympics but did not advance past the 1500 m heats. In September 2008, she set a new African one-mile record of 4:18.23. The previous record (4:20.79) was set in 1991 by Hassiba Boulmerka of Algeria.

Moreover, Gelete finished third in the 3000 m behind Hellen Obiri and Meseret Defar for the third time in a row at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She started the year with a victory at the Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza. Gelete finished eighth in the Women’s 10,000m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in 30:26.66.

Gelete Burka

Caption: Gelete on the running track. Source: Wikipedia

Brand Endorsements

Gelete has not endorsed any brand till now. Also, Gelete has not promoted anything till now and has not been seen in any collaborations with brands. In the coming days, we may see Gelete being associated with some brands and supporting their products. No information is available regarding the other brands Gelete has cooperated with or not.

Awards and Nomination

Gelete won the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in the short course in 2006. She has three medals from the IAAF World Indoor Championships, the best of which was a gold medal in the 1500 m in 2008. She has competed in four World Athletics Championships (from 2005 to 2011) and represented Ethiopia at the Olympics in both 2008 and 2012.

Gelete has also won regional medals, finishing second at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics and first at the 2007 All-Africa Games. She held the African record for the mile run as well as the indoor 1500 m.

Gelete Burka – Net Worth 2023

Gelete has an estimated net worth of approximately around $1 million. Most of Gelete ‘s income sources are from her running career. Additionally, Gelete has worked very hard since her childhood to achieve this fame. Gelete is active in her career and is on the way to raising her net worth in the future.

Gelete Burka

Caption: Gelete posing for the photo. Source: Tamarack

Relationship Status

Gelete may be single and not dating anyone right now. Similarly, Gelete hasn’t been married before and doesn’t have any past relationships or previous engagements. Also, Gelete has no children. It is seen that Gelete is quite happy being single at the moment.


Gelete hasn’t been associated with any sort of rumors or controversies that would hamper her career. Also, Gelete avoids the media and avoids engaging in contentious behavior or situations that can damage her reputation.

Gelete Burka – Social Media

Gelete is very popular on social media and her fans love her for the positive influence she has on them. Similarly, Gelete is very active on Instagram, where she likes to post snaps of her latest photoshoots with her lovely family and friends.

Gelete has 629 followers on Instagram and owns an Instagram account @jesus.ibelongto. Her Twitter handle is @burka_gelete followed by 13 followers. Her Facebook account is Gelete and has 217 followers.