She is the third fastest of all-time over 3000 m indoors with her best of 8:25.27 minutes.. IAAF (2010-12-22). Retrieved on 2011-02-20.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
As a child, her quick feet made her the natural messenger-girl for the family errands and she soon took up running at school. She began entering competitions and her immediate success led to a move to Addis Ababa to train with the Banks Running Club. Despite her talent, she often was runner-up to her club mate Meseret Defar – who went on to win Olympic gold in the 5000 metres.Yohannes, Sabrina (2009-03-23). . IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
Sentayehu made her international championship debut at the......