Eritrea’s Cycling Legend Yemane Tekeste Dies tragically at 34

By | September 1, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Yemane Tekeste (Gebel), Eritrea’s top cyclist in the 80s and 90s, has tragically passed away at the age of 34 due to heat stroke during a competition in Sudan. He was a five-time champion in Eritrea and a four-time champion in Ethiopia.

Yemane Tekeste (Gebel), the renowned cyclist from Eritrea who dominated the sport in the 80s and 90s, has tragically passed away. Born in 1958 in Kushet, a suburb of Asmara, Yemane was a true sporting legend, leaving an indelible mark on the world of cycling.

Yemane Tekeste’s career was nothing short of extraordinary. He was a five-time champion in Eritrea within a span of eight years, showcasing his exceptional skills and dedication to the sport. His prowess extended beyond his home country, as he also clinched the championship title four times in neighboring Ethiopia, consecutively from 1985 to 1989.

The cycling community admired Yemane for his unwavering determination and relentless pursuit of excellence. His passion for the sport inspired many young cyclists who aspired to follow in his footsteps. Yemane’s legacy will be remembered as a symbol of Eritrean cycling prowess and his achievements will continue to motivate future generations of athletes.

Tragically, Yemane Tekeste’s life was cut short on June 1992, when he succumbed to heat stroke during a fiercely contested competition in Sudan. His untimely demise sent shockwaves through the cycling world, leaving his fans and fellow athletes devastated.

The loss of Yemane Tekeste is a profound loss for the sporting community, particularly in Eritrea and Ethiopia, where his name became synonymous with cycling greatness. His contributions to the sport will forever be cherished, and his memory will continue to inspire cyclists around the world.

Yemane Tekeste’s indomitable spirit and exceptional talent will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on as a testament to his remarkable achievements in the world of cycling..