WOLDEMESKEL KOSTRE

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Plaque name:

WOLDEMESKEL KOSTRE

Location:

Addis Ababa Stadium, Bole, Addis Ababa , Ethiopia

Plaque awarded:

26/09/2019

Reason

Plaque Category - Legend

Dr. Woldemeskel Kostre, the recipient of the 2006 IAAF Coaches' Award, died in Ethiopia (16 May 2016) at the age of 69.

Kostre was considered by many to be the architect of Ethiopia’s phenomenal success at longer distances from the mid-1980s onwards. He also had a reputation of being a disciplinarian and authoritarian even when his athletes were setting world records.

“We have lost Dr Kostre but he had been ill for a long time,” said Ethiopian distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie. "Dr Kostre was a very strict man but he showed me how to behave. He gave discipline a top priority. It very sad he has now left us."

Runners he coached included Olympic champions Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba and Derartu Tulu.

Kostre was a promising middle-distance runner himself before studying sports science in Hungary during the 1960s.

In addition to being a fluent English speaker, on the occasions he returned to Hungary in recent years – such as at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships – he surprised many by still being able to converse comfortably in the language.

Kostre was appointed as an assistant coach of the Ethiopian athletics team at the 1972 Olympic Games and for more than 30 years after Munich he was a familiar face among the Ethiopian delegation at major championships.

Born: January 29, 1947, Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: May 16, 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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