Note: 90% of Athletes in the ranking positions are Oromo athletes
January 23, 2015 (IAAF) — Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu emerged as the unexpected champion at the 2015 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, crossing the line at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in a world-leading time and big personal best of 2:05:28 on Friday (23) Read more…
January 18, 2015 (India Today) — Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men’s and women’s titles respectively and the top prize of USD 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.
Abera, basically a 15 and 21-km runner, made his maiden marathon run a memorable one by leaving his rivals – including several Kenyans and compatriot Dereje Debele – in his wake at the 32-km mark to storm to the finish in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, 14 seconds slower than the course record, reported PTI.
Debele was second in 2:10:31 while 2007 world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya finished third in 2:10:57. Read more…
January 5, 2015 (IAAF) — Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba won the Xiamen Marathon for the second year in succession, taking more than one-and-a-half minutes off the course record she set last year at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, winning in 2:19:52 on Saturday (3).
For the first time since the inaugural Xiamen Marathon in 2003, both course records were broken as Kenya’s Moses Mosop set a Chinese all-comers’ record of 2:06:19 to win the men’s race on a day when runners were met with ideal conditions with temperatures in the range of 11-15°C.
The organisers had made some adjustments to the route due to some construction-related concerns in the city. Some of the more undulating parts of the course – including the Yanwu Bridge that stretches over the sea – had been taken out. Read more…
December 21, 2014 (Deccan Herald) – India is becoming a happy hunting ground for Regasa Mindaye Bejiga. After triumphing twice in the country, the Ethiopian completed a fine hat-trick when he scripted a hard-fought victory in the SBI Bengaluru Midnight Marathon, held in the wee hours of Sunday.
In a closely-contested race that went down till the wire, the 30-year-old produced that all-important final surge to outlast compatriot Atnafu Mekonen Moti by 0.49 seconds after clocking two hours, 18 minutes and two seconds. Kenyan Benjamin took bronze with a timing of 2:20.09. Read more…
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Sadaasa 25, 2014, WASHINGTON, DC (VOA Afaan Oromoo) —Abbebee Biqilaa,ilmaan obboo Dibaabaa,Daraartuu,Qananiisaa,Hayilee dabalee yoo dorgommii fiigichaa maqaa dhaahan yoo hedduu Oromiyumatti mooha. Dorgommii biyya keessaa fi biyya alaallee taatu yoo hedduu jaruma. Read more…
November 17, 2014 (IAAF) — Amane Gobena took the honours at the 2014 Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, winning at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:28:46 on Sunday (16).
The women’s race had a runner who decided to take matters into her own hands early in the race.
Local road running talent Ummu Kiraz of Turkey led from the start and passed 5km in 17:50 and 10km in 35:25. However, Ethiopia’s Emebt Etea, Amane Gobena and Salomie Getnet kept the gap to around 80 metres, with the home hope Elvan Abeylegesse, Ukraine’s Olena Burkovska and London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova close behind. Read more…
The Ethiopian is one of history’s most decorated female distance runners.
November 7, 2014 (runners world) — Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time outdoor world champion, is expecting her first child and will skip the 2015 track season, IAAF.org reports.
The 29-year-old’s titles include the 2013 10,000-meter world championship, which she will not be able to defend in Beijing next summer.
Dibaba won gold medals in the 5000- and 10,000-meter run at the 2008Olympics and repeated as 10,000-meter champion in the 2012 Games, where she also won bronze in the 5000. She is the world record holder in the 5000 at 14:11.15. Read more…
October 19, 2014 (IAAF) — The women’s field went out very hard also and it was Kenya’s Rael Kiyara who led them in single file through the early stages before Seboka the 2008 Toronto Waterfront Marathon winner took over, with just her compatriot Amane Gobena for company, just before the halfway point.
The pair reached 21.1km in the very quick split of 1:10:53 with Kivara now third and six seconds in arrears.
The pair increased the gap between themselves and their Kenyan rival up to 30km, which was reached in 1:41:12.
Shortly afterwards, Seboka made her decisive move and was never headed, crossing the line in a personal best of 2:23:13, 30 seconds faster than she had run before and a tantalising 30 seconds short of the course record set by her compatriot Koren Jelela Yal in 2011.
Belarus’ Aliaksandra Duliba, sixth in Boston 2:21:29 this year, came through the field strongly in the latter stages to claim second in 2:24:41 while Kiyara was rewarded for her courage in the first half of the race and persistence in the second half with third place in 2:27:07. Read more…
BEIJING, Oct. 19, 2014 (Xinhua) — China’s bid to win the women’s race of the Beijing International Marathon for the 23rd straight year was thwarted on Sunday as Ethiopian Fatuma Sado Dergo braved the smog to finish first in the 42.195-kilometer run in two hours, 30 minutes and 3 seconds.
Dergo’s compatriot Meseret Kitata Tolwak grabbed the silver medal in 2:31:08. Gong Lihua of China came third in 2:32:23, while defending champ Zhang Yingying was fourth in 2:37:09.
“It’s a little cool today, and my muscle felt stressed,” said Gong.
Since 1992, Chinese women runners never let the title slip away. But Dergo turned a new page. Read more…
October 13, 2014, BOSTON (B.A.A.) – On a picture perfect day for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa were crowned champions at the 14th Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1:08:20, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, covering the rolling, spectacular course through Bostonís Emerald Necklace park system in style. Read more…
October 12, 2014 (Novinite) — Kenyan Athlete Edwin Kipchumba and Ethiopia‘s Zerife Boku were the fastest contenders at Marathon Sofia‘s 31st edition held on Sunday, October 12.
Kipchumba went through the 42.195 km in 2:19.06 h. He came first after closing in on other participants and taking the lead just in the last 5 kilometers.
Boku, who had been considered most likely to win, was first among the women with a time of 2:40.53 h. Read more…
October 12, 2014
Oromian Tilahun Regassa won Sunday’s Eindhoven Marathon in 2 hr 06 min 20 sec ahead of Kenyans Jonathan Maiyo (2:06:47) and Alfers Lagat (2:07:11).
Tilahun Regassa is starting to amass a more-than-respectable marathon record after winning the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven in 2:06:21 on Sunday (12).
The victory took his tally to two out of his four outings over the classic distance, both his victories coming on Dutch roads having also won the 2013 Rotterdam Marathon.
The Ethiopian made a decisive surge in the 36th kilometre in Eindhoven to quickly put daylight between himself and his main rivals.
In addition to putting his fellow runners well behind him, the burst of acceleration also helped him forget all the worries of a slight left knee injury which had troubled him in the weeks prior to the race, and even on the start line.
“It was something that was bothering me throughout the race but only a little bit,” said the regular training partner of distance running great Kenenisa Bekele. “When the pace was about 63 minutes at halfway, I was happy as I could feel that my knee was OK at this pace and so I am very happy to have the win, and not unhappy about missing the course record or my personal best (2:05:27).” Read more…
October 12, 2014 (super sports) — Goals either side of halftime from Abdoulay Diaby and Sambou Yatabaré handed Mali a hard-fought 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa on Saturday afternoon.
Diaby, who is on loan from Lille OSC at Belgian outfit, Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz, netted shortly after the half-hour mark to set Mali on their way.
Yatabaré added the second on the hour mark as Mali saw out their second win from three group B outings.
The win took The Eagles to six points, three clear of Malawi, who were beaten 2-0 by Algeria in Blantyre, earlier on Saturday.
Algeria top group B with nine points. Read more…
September 21, 2014, SYDNEY (Sydney Running Festival) — Ethiopia’s Gebo Gameda has powered home to win the 2014 Blackmores Sydney Marathon in a record time of two hours, 11 minutes 18 seconds (2:11:18) as more than 34,000 people ran and walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to finish lines at the Opera House and Conservatorium of Music in the 14th Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.
Gameda, the winner of the 2014 Los Angeles and Pittsburgh Marathons, beat home countryman Seboka Dibaba Tola (2:11:48), with Kenya’s Benjamin Kolum Kiptoo rounding out the podium in 2:12:08.
The women’s event was won for the second successive year by Ethiopian Beruktait Degefa, who scorched her own race record from 2013, to clock a time of 2:29:42, which lowered the benchmark by over three minutes. Read more…
September 13, 2014
September 10, 2014
Ethiopia’s poor results in the African qualifiers continued as they lost 3-2 to Malawi in their second Group B game on Wednesday.
Malawi striker Atusaye Nyondo opened the scoring on 18 minutes but Ethiopia midfielder Getaneh Kebede brought the visitors level on the stroke of halftime.
Frank Banda restored Malawi’s advantage with a 62-minute strike and Frank Banda added the third four minutes later.
Ethiopia striker Yussuf Saleh reduced the arrears in stoppage time but it was too little, too late as Malawi had the upper hand in a closely-fought contest. Read more…