Weynay Ghebresilasie (born 24 March 1994 in Gheza Hamle, Eritrea) is an Eritrean runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase.[1] He competed in that event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, coming tenth in his heat, and was the flag bearer of the Eritrean team.[2][3] He also placed sixth at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics that year.

Subsequent to the Olympics, he sought political asylum in the United Kingdom.[4] He joined Sunderland Harriers & Athletic Club and stated that if successful in his asylum application he would like to run for Great Britain.[5]


  1. ^ Weynay Ghebresilasie profile at IAAF
  2. ^ "Olympic Results, Gold Medalists and Official Records". International Olympic Committee. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  3. ^ Staff. "London 2012 Opening Ceremony - Flag Bearers" (PDF). Olympics. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Quinn, Ben (2012-08-14). "Eritrea's flag-carrying runner seeks asylum in UK to flee repressive regime". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  5. ^ Weynay Ghebresilasie: Running for freedom in Sunderland. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2013-04-07.