August 22, 2014 (Diamond League) — At the bell, Ethiopia’s world indoor record holder Genzebe Dibaba had a 10 metres lead over the field, with The Netherlands’s new European champion Sifan Hassan leading the chase.
August 15, 2014 (Google Translation from Dutch language – NOS) — Sifan Hassan won the gold medal in the 1500m at the European Championships in Zurich, yesterday, August 14, 2014. Hassan (21) was born in Adama, Oromia, and obtained a Dutch passport only last November. Later this week, Hassan was out on the five kilometers.
It is the second Dutch gold medal in Zurich; Wednesday Dafne Schippers was the fastest in the 100m. Read more…
August 13, 2014
Oromo Athletes performed superb in Roth, Bayern, Germany on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Athlete Tulu Wodajo Addisu, with OLF flag on his shirt (214), finished first, while Etana Getachew finished second and Badhane Gamachu fourth.
August 12, 2014, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO (IAAF) – Perhaps one of the biggest shocks so far at the African Championships came in the women’s 5000m.
It was also one of the most highly anticipated events as world indoor 3000m champion Genzebe Dibaba was up against world silver medallist and Commonwealth champion Mercy Cherono and world bronze medallist Almaz Ayana.
Ultimately there was no contest, but it was perhaps the least favoured of that trio who came away the victor. Read more…
August 2, 2014 (WSJ) — The four Ethiopian runners who disappeared from the IAAF Junior World Championships in Eugene this past weekend defected from their home country to avoid returning to widespread civil unrest there, police confirmed in a report released late Friday.
The report, provided by police in Federal Way, Washington, describes an interview with Zeyituna Mohammed, an 18-year-old woman runner on the Ethiopian national team. She told police that she and the other athletes decided to stay in the U.S. because they were too afraid to return to Ethiopia.
The report confirms for the first time what many close to the case, including the team’s coaches, had suspected — that the athletes’ disappearance was part of a plan to defect from Ethiopia.
Mohammed told authories she may seek asylum in the U.S., but she is not certain of her plans. It remains unclear whether the other three athletes, whom police found in Beaverton earlier this week, are planning to do so. Read more…
July 26, 2014 (IAAF) — Ethiopia’s world youth 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha led for most of the last kilometre to win the men’s 5000m in 13:25.19, his best ever clocking.
Kejelcha’s team mate Yomif Haji, with whom he shared pacing duties in the last third of the race, finished in 13:26.21 for silver, giving Ethiopia a gold-silver sweep. Moses Letoyie of Kenya took bronze in 13:28.11.
Two Ugandans, 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei and Philip Kipyeko, set the early pace, pulling the pack through the first kilometre in 2:43.21 and the second in 5:28.35. Read more…
July 19, 2014 (Lets Run) — With 2 laps to go it was Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, the bronze medalist at Worlds last year, in the lead, with Dibaba right on her heels and Viola Kibiwot of Kenya there as well. There was a slight gap to Kipyego, Saina, and Diamond League leader Mercy Cherono and then a bigger gap to the two Americans, Huddle and Rowbury, in 7th and 8th.
A 67.49 penultimate lap by Ayana did nothing to break up the top 3; it only put distance between them and the chasers. At the bell, Ayana continued to lead onto the backstretch and Kibiwott was out of it as it was a two-person race between Ayana and Dibaba. Ayana led around the final turn but Dibaba was right with her. Coming off the final turn there was not a tremendous burst from Dibaba, but she had enough to come by Ayana to get the win with a 64.14 leader-to-leader final lap. Read more…
June 22, 2014, BOSTON (CBS) – Defending champions Stephen Sambu of Kenya and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia won the 2014 BOSTON (CBS) – Defending champions Stephen Sambu of Kenya and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia won the 2014 B.A.A. 10k in Boston Sunday morning, as Daska shattered the women’s course record.
Both ran the fastest 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) times in the world so far this year, according to the B.A.A. Read more…
June 18, 2014, OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC (IAAF) — Brave efforts in the middle distances by Genzebe Dibaba and Caleb Ndiku and Justin Gatlin’s world-leading dash in the 100m were among the highlights of a thoroughly entertaining 53rd edition of Ostrava’s Golden Spike on Tuesday (17).
The IAAF World Challenge meeting played host to three world record attempts. Although none of them materialised, the near-capacity crowd at the Mestsky Stadium did not leave disappointed as five meeting records were broken and seven world-leading marks were set.
Near miss for Dibaba in 2000m record bid
Near the end of the evening’s programme, Genzebe Dibaba brought the stadium to life with a brave assault on the world 2000m record. She came up a bit short, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Read more…
June 6, 2014
Oromo Athlete, Mohammed Aman, celebrates after winning the men’s 800 meters event at the Golden Gala athletics meeting, at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Thursday, June 5, 2014.
Aman’s 800m victory makes him the most consistent athlete at the top in the two lap race so far this year. He clocked 1:44.24 to edged Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki and win men’s 800m.
Meanwhile World Indoor 3000m champions, Oromo athletes, Genzebe Dibaba and Almaz Ayana made it a 1-2 victory in women’s 5000m. Dibaba’s 14:34.99 is the quickest time in the event this year. Kenyans Viola Jelagat Kibiwot and World championships silver medalists Mercy Cherono accounted for the next two places. Read more…
Genzebe Dibaba wins the women’s 5000 meters event at the Golden Gala athletics meeting, at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Thursday, June 5, 2014
Almaz Ayana is in second place