Aug 4, 2012, London (NDTV Sports): Mo Farah produced a final-lap sprint to win a memorable gold in the men’s Olympic 10,000m on Saturday that denied Ethiopian running legend Kenenisa Bekele a hat-trick of titles in the event.
The Somali-born Farah, who moved to Britain at the age of eight, timed 27min 30.42sec, with American training partner Galen Rupp taking silver in 27:30.90, and Ethiopian Tariku Bekele claiming bronze in 27:31.43.
Tariku’s brother and defending champion Kenenisa finished fourth (27:32.44), unable to come up with a kick to match that of Farah, the reigning world silver medallist in the distance.
It was Britain’s third gold of the night in front of a packed home crowd in the Olympic Stadium, after Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon and Greg Rutherford took a surprise long jump title.
A tearful Farah was greeted on the track by his daughter Rhianna and seven-month pregnant wife Tania as the crowd went crazy.
From the gun, Kenenisa Bekele raced straight to the front of the pack, Farah keen on his tail.
Kenyans Wilson Kiprop and former African junior champion Moses Masai, who placed fourth in the Athens Games in 2004, took up the running. Read more…
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A Critical Assessment of Arguments against an Independent Oromo State
This is the third in a series of debate articles I have written this year concerning the on-going Oromo struggle for freedom from Abyssinian domination. Two of the articles were published on this website on February 1 and March 23, 2012 respectively. A version of the present article was presented at the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) annual conference on 14-15 July 2012 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
It is no news to Oromo readers of this article that there are controversies between the different factions of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) over the objective which the front was organized to achieve and the methods and strategies to be used to fulfill that mission. The road to freedom is never smooth. In most cases, it is very rough. Difficult terrains have to be traversed and tantalizing problems courageously surmounted by those who struggle for freedom. Therefore, at some junctures, the journey can become not only slow, or come to a standstill and stagnate, but the goal of a struggle for freedom is questioned and abandoned by some. Our struggle has gone through such junctures and has suffered many setbacks in the course of the last ten years. The viability of an independent Oromo state is even being questioned. Read more…
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Ethiopian Muslims Silent protest continues with white flags. This video was taken on Auguest 3, 2012
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