Ethiopia’s Athlete Almaz Ayana Listed Among Top 11 Woman Shaping Africa

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia answers questions during the Press Conference of the Diamond league, Meeting Areva 2015, at Mercure Paris Centre Eiffel, Paris, France, on July 3, 2015 - Photo Jean-Marie Hervio / KMSP / DPPI

LONDON-based publication New African Woman has put out its first list of Africa’s top female game-changers.

Themed “changing the game”, gender equity, women empowerment and entrepreneurship were some of the key issues its picks spotlighted at the award ceremony in the the English capital.

All the women honoured were said to have been recognised for the instrumental role they played in shaping their societies, with the awards also paying tribute to individuals who have made significant contributions in various fields within and outside the continent.

Ethiopian long-distance runner Almaz Ayana has received the 2016 New African Woman in Sport Award, according to APA.Almaz won the 5000 meters course with a world-leading personal best of 14:14:32 during the 2015 Championship in Beijing, among others.

She also won the African Championships in Marrakech and the 2014 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, which made her the third fastest female athlete over that distance.

In 2014 Almaz won her first senior title over 5000 metres at the 2014 African Championships in Marrakech, defeating favourite Genzebe Dibaba in a championship record time of 15:32.72.