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Angasa Ware and Keneni Kome win First Jio Indore Half Marathon

February 22, 2015, INDORE, India (Business Standard): Runners from Ethiopia dominated the inaugural edition of Indore Marathon organised by the Association of Indore Marathoners in the city on Sunday.While all three winners in men’s 21-km open category were Ethiopians, it was their compatriots who were among two of the top three finishers in the women’s open category of the same event.In the 21-km half marathon men’s open category, Ethiopia’s Angasa Ware clinched the first place clocking a time of one hour, five minutes and just over 42 seconds, while compatriot Abera Demelash was a close second. Their country mate, management graduate Belay Shimelis stood third.

In the women’s open category of the same event, Ethiopian Keneni Kome timed one hour, 18 minutes and 58 seconds to win the race, while Kenyan Linal Chirchir stood second and Ethiopia’s Adanech Jefare secured the third position.In both the open men’s and women’s categories of the half marathon, winners walked home with Rs 1 lakh prize money, first runners up with Rs 50,000 and second runners up got richer by Rs 20,000. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 22/02/2015 at 8:17 pm

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Endeshaw Negesse wins Tokyo Marathon

Ethiopia's Endeshaw Negesse crosses the finish line to win the Tokyo Marathon on February 22, 2015. Negesse won the competition with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes flat.

Endeshaw Negesse Shumi crosses the finish line to win the Tokyo Marathon on February 22, 2015. Negesse won the competition with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes flat.

Berhane Dibaba wins at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon (Yamaguchi / Agence SHOT)Berhane Dibaba wins at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon

Berhane Dibaba wins at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon (Yamaguchi / Agence SHOT)Berhane Dibaba wins at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon

February 22, 2015 (IAAF) — Ethiopian runners Endeshaw Negesse Shumi and Berhane Dibaba took the honours at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, winning in 2:06:00 and 2:23:15 respectively on Sunday (22).

It was the first time that runners from the same nation had won both the men’s and women’s titles in the nine year history of the event.

Negesse broke away from Kenya’s defending champion Dickson Chumba just before 40km to become only the second Ethiopian man, after Hailu Mekonnen in 2011, to win Japan’s most prestigious road race.

It was third fastest time in Tokyo Marathon, but just fell short of the twin goals of beating the Japanese all-comers best of 2:05:18, which belongs to Tsegaye Kebede from the 2009 Fukuoka Marathon and who was also in this year’s Tokyo race, and the course record of 2:05:42, which was set by Chumba in 2014.

“It was a good race, although the condition was little bit tough because it was rainy and cold (with temperatures around 5 degrees Celsius),” reflected Negesse. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 22/02/2015 at 7:46 pm

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Dibaba Sets World Indoor 5000M Record in Stockholm

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba on her way to breaking the world indoor 3000m record in Stockholm (DECA Text & Bild)

Genzebe Dibaba on her way to breaking the world indoor 3000m record in Stockholm (DECA Text & Bild)

February 19, 2015 (IAAF) – Oromia’s  Ethiopia’s  Genzebe Dibaba ran the third world indoor record * of her career when she clocked 14:18:86 for 5000m at the XL-galan meeting in Stockholm, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, on Thursday (19).

Dibaba took more than five seconds off the previous mark of 14:24:37 set by her compatriot Meseret Defar on the same track in 2009.

In 2014, Dibaba set world records indoors over 1500m and 3000m as well as a world best over two miles.

It was a solo run in the Swedish capital for Dibaba on Thursday.

Helped by pacemakers Katarzyna Broniatowska and Tamara Tverdostup, she finished more than a minute in front of her nearest rival over 25 laps of the Globe Arena. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 19/02/2015 at 5:30 pm

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HASSAN THE STAR ON A NIGHT OF SIX WORLD LEADS IN KARLSRUHE

Sifan Hassan at the 2015 Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe (Gladys von der Laage)

Sifan Hassan at the 2015 Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe (Gladys von der Laage)

February 3, 2015 (IAAF) — The Netherlands’ European 1500m champion Sifan Hassan provided the outstanding performance at the first IAAF Indoor Permit meeting of 2015 when she sped to a national record and world-leading 1500m time of 4:02.57 at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe on Saturday (31).

Hassan moved away from Ethiopia’s 20-year-old world indoor silver medallist Axumawit Embaye off the final bend, although the latter was second in an indoor personal best of 4:02.92.

There were five other world-leading marks in the German city.

Turkey’s Ilhan Tanui Ozbilen won the men’s 1500m in 3:38.05, edging out Kenya’s Nixon Chepseba who was second in 3:38.12.

France’s Dmitri Bascou won the 60m hurdles in 7.53, having run the same time in his heat.

“Moments after the start tonight (in the final), I made a big mistake. Had this not happened, I would have run under 7.50 tonight,” said Bascou.

China’s Xie Wenjun was second in 7.62 and Great Britain’s Lawrence Clarke was third in 7.63, equalling his personal best.

Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith sped to a 60m time of 7.12, like Bascou, having run as quickly in her preliminary round.

The Briton’s route to victory was eased by the fact that the Netherlands’ European 100m and 200m champion Dafne Schippers, who had also run 7.12 in her heat, was disqualified in the final for a false start.  Read more…

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Posted by admin - 03/02/2015 at 8:10 pm

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PERSONAL BESTS – ALMAZ AYANA

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Almaz Ayana on her way to winning the 5000m at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images)

February 2, 2015 (IAAF) — Ethiopia’s world 5000m bronze medallist and Continental Cup winner Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia chats about some of the best things in her world.

Best friend in athletics

My best friend in athletics is Soresa Fida (a 3:34 1500m runner) who is also my husband and always my first source of advice.

Best achievement in athletics

My best achievement is the 5000m victory at the 2014 Continental Cup in Marrakech The other one would be winning a bronze medal in the 5000m at the Moscow World Championships, which was a real breakthrough performance.

Best piece of advice

Every one of us, wherever we live or whoever we are, must work for peacefulness in our world. We are given this world to live in for free and leave it only by the grace of almighty God.

Biggest regret

Up until this point in my life, I have no regrets.

Biggest weakness

I have a weakness in terms of the finish of my races. This is something I am working hard to improve. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 02/02/2015 at 7:26 pm

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Lemi Berhanu surprises while Aselefech Mergia makes magnificent Marathon Comeback in Dubai

Note: 90% of Athletes in the ranking positions are Oromo athletes

Delight day for Aselefech Marga and Lammii Berhanu

Delight day for Aselefech Marga and Lammii Berhanu

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…

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Posted by admin - 23/01/2015 at 1:08 pm

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Ethiopia rules as Tesfaye Abera, Dinknesh Mekash win Mumbai Marathon

Ethiopia's Tesfaye Abera prepares to cross the finish line to win the Mumbai Marathon.

Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera prepares to cross the finish line to win the Mumbai Marathon.

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…

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Posted by admin - 18/01/2015 at 9:03 am

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Dibaba Successfully Defends Her Xiamen Title as Both Course Records Fall

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Mare Dibaba winning the Xiamen International Marathon

 

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…

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Posted by admin - 05/01/2015 at 7:39 am

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Regasa leads Ethiopia charge

449022_thumpDecember 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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Posted by admin - 21/12/2014 at 12:25 pm

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Atileetotii Naannoo Oromiyaa Addunyaa Fiigichaan Moohumatti Jiran

AtileetotIi naannoo Oromiyaa biyya keessaa fi biyya alaalleetti fiigichaan moohumatti jiran

AtileetotIi naannoo Oromiyaa biyya keessaa fi biyya alaalleetti fiigichaan moohumatti jiran

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…

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Posted by admin - 25/11/2014 at 6:36 am

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Oromo Athlete Amane Gobena takes the honour at the Istanbul Marathon for the third time

amane_gobenaNovember 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…

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Posted by admin - 17/11/2014 at 4:38 am

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Tirunesh Dibaba Is Pregnant, Will Miss 2015 Track Season

The Ethiopian is one of history’s most decorated female distance runners.

dibabaNovember 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…

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Posted by admin - 07/11/2014 at 8:48 am

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Mulu Suboka regains Toronto Waterfront title after six year gap

mulu_sebokaOctober 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…

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Posted by admin - 19/10/2014 at 7:39 pm

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Fatuma Sado Dergo wins Bejing International Marathon as China’s 22-year reign ends

Fatuma-Sado-DergoBEIJING, 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…

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Posted by admin - 19/10/2014 at 1:54 pm

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Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa Crowned Champions of the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon

Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa

Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa

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…

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Posted by admin - 13/10/2014 at 9:41 am

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Kenyan, Ethiopian Win Sofia Marathon

photo_verybig_164021October 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…

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Posted by admin - 12/10/2014 at 11:10 am

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