Ethiopian-born Helen Bekele Tola to represent Switzerland in Marathon at 2024 Olympics in Paris, France

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Helen Bekele Tola (born 21 November 1994) is an Ethiopian–Swiss long-distance runner.[1] She finished second at the 2019 Tokyo Marathon, and third at the 2021 Berlin Marathon. She has also won the Annecy and Barcelona Marathons, as well as multiple other long-distance events.

Born in Ethiopia, she moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 2016 and has been naturalized Swiss citizen in 2024. Helen is married to Tesfaye Eticha, another Ethiopian-born well known athlete in Switzerland who also competed under the Swiss flag at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]



  1. ^ “L’athlète de classe mondiale Helen Bekele est dès à présent Suissesse | Swiss Athletics” (in French). 23 February 2024.
  2. Jump up to:a b c d e “HELEN BEKELE TOLA ET SIMONE TROXLER, DESTIN CROISÉ DE SUISSESSES”Le (in French). 29 October 2019
  3. ^ “François Leboeuf : “Tout à coup, Helen Bekele était à côté de moi !”” (in French). 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ “Résultats 2015” (in French). Lausanne Marathon.
  5. ^ “Äthiopierin überrascht am Stadtlauf”Telebasel (in German). 28 November 2015.