Derartu Tulu, the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has been elected as the vice president of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).
Tulu was elected as CAA’s vice president at its elective congress held in Lusaka, Zambia, from April 25 to 27, 2023.
Derartu Tulu has been serving as the president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) since 2020.
Tulu is a two-time Olympic 10,000-metre gold medallist from the 1992 Barcelona and 2000 Sydney Games. She finished in third and fourth positions during the 1996 Atlanta and 2004 Athens Games, respectively.
She is a two-time World Cross Country Champion and earned gold during the 2001 Edmonton World Athletics Championships. She also earned silver during the 1995 Göteborg championships.
Her transition to the marathon resulted in wins in the 2001 London and Tokyo Marathons as well as the 2009 New York City Marathon.
Derartu Tulu will serve as the vice president of the Confederation of African Athletics for the next four years.