Bendere Oboya is a specialist 400m runner, was the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and is a member of the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Born in Ethiopia and moving to Australia at age 3, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder rose from obscurity in 2017, clocking 53.03s in the National Junior Championships 400m event to be selected for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Oboya ran another personal best (52.69) to become Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and earn a Commonwealth Games qualification time.

Since competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Bendere has continued to improve her times, highlighted by a 51.21s – an Olympic qualifying time – run at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.

At the 2021 Australian Track and Field Championships, Bendere won the women’s 400m national title to officially secure selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Major results | Bendere Oboya:

2019 World Athletics Championships

  • 51.21s (PB) run in heats
  • Women’s 400m semi-finalist

2017 Commonwealth Youth Games 

  • GOLD: Women’s 400m

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