Ethiopian young talent Alemitu Heroye ran her first international championship in 2011, finishing fifth in the 3000m at the World Youth Championships. Alemitu has steadily improved her personal best in the last few years. Her PB in 2011 was 16:14 minutes for the 5000m, and this year she bettered her personal best to 14:52.67.
At her second world championships, the 2013 World Cross Country Championships, Alemitu won the bronze medal in the junior race. One year later, fresh from her 14:52 PB, Alemitu won gold in the 5000m at the World Junior Championships in Eugene. She worked together with her countrywoman Hawi and they were well on their way to win gold and silver with 2000m to go. With only 25 meters to go, Heroye gained a gap on Hawi and pulled away to win in 15:10.08.
She also broke the World Junior Record in the two miles in Birmingham where she ran 9:20.81.
After a bronze medal at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships (junior race), Alemitu took the fourth place in the 2015 Championships in Guiyang in China.