April 6, 2014 (IAAF) – The dream, said Kenenisa Bekele before the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, would be to break the world record on his marathon debut. His dreams may not have turned into reality at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, but his triumph in a course record of 2:05:03 was far from a nightmare.
Having won global titles on the track outdoors and indoors, as well as on cross country, road running was the only area of distance running that Bekele had not yet conquered.
Now it looks as though he is well on his way to doing that.
Bekele and his agent Jos Hermens had explained this week that part of their reason for choosing this race over any other is that Paris organisers were able to build the race around Bekele, whereas in London he would have simply been one of the many other star runners. Read more…
March 24, 2014 (IAAF) –Shume Hailu and Geda Ayelu Lemma made it a double Ethiopian win at the 20th edition of the ACEA Maratona di Roma, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (23). Read more…
In women’s marathon race, Kenya’s Helah Kiprop won and another Oromo athlete, Ashu Karim, finished second in 2:27:45
March 16, 2014 (IAAF) — Ethiopia’s Yakob Jarso, who was fourth over the barriers in the 2008 Olympic Games 3000m steeplechase, won the Seoul International Marathon in huge personal best of 2:06:17 on Sunday (16).
Jarso took almost five minutes off his previous best when winning the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in the Korean capital, the first ever Ethiopian men’s winner at the famous race which can trace its history back to 1931.
Ten runners, led by Jarso, went through the halfway point in 1:03:23, just outside the pace needed to challenge the course record 2:05:37 set by Kenya’s Wilson Loyanae in 2012.
The pack was still together at 30km, including Kenya’s Stephen Chemlany, James Kwambai and Gilbert Kirwa as well as the Ethiopia trio of Jarso, Tariku Jufar, Abraham Cherkos, as that checkpoint was reached in exactly 1:30:00
The crucial move came just after 35km, reached in 1:45:05 with the leading group headed by Kirwa, when Jaros and Chemlany started to surge and one-by-one the other main protagonists dropped away.. Read more…
March 10, 2014
Always with an almost disconcerting ease, Mohammed Aman was awarded the gold medal in the 800m at the World Indoor Sopot in Poland. The Ethiopian has imposed himself in 1min 46s40 ahead of two Poles.
Adam Kszczot came second in the race in 1min 46s 76 while countryman Marcin Lewandowski completed the podium with a time of 1min 47s 09.
Two Polish arrivals on the podium had brought ecstasy to the local public
Gebo Burka Gemeda of Oromia wins the men’s race but can’t make up the 17:41 head start given to the women.
March 9, 2014, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Two runners from Oromia region of Ethiopia claimed top bragging rights at the Los Angeles Marathon, which saw temperatures hit 80 on Sunday.Amane Gobena Gemeda was first to cross the finish line in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 37 seconds. Read more…
March 8, 2014, SOPOT, POLAND (IAAF) – Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman won his tiny East African country’s first ever gold medal in a global athletics competition when he sped to victory in 3:37.52.
More than 20 years have elapsed since the marathon silver medals by Ahmed Salah at the 1987 and 1991 World Championships, and he also got a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.
Souleiman put Djibouti back on the sporting map with his 800m bronze medal at last summer’s World Championships and the Djibouti national anthem rang out across an athletics stadium for the first time at a world championship.
In commanding fashion and showing tactical nous, the 21-year-old Souleiman took the race by the scruff of the neck from the outset, passing 400m in 59.21 and 800m in 1:58.96. He picked up the pace to clock 26.26 between the 1200m and 1400m points before closing with a final 100m in 13.03. Read more…
March 2, 2014, Tokyo (IAAF) - Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku broke away from Kenya’s defending champion Vincent Kipruto with less than two kilometres to go to win the 69th edition of Lake Biwa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:10 on Sunday (2).
It was Worku’s fourth marathon win in five outings since the start of last year, having also won in Houston both in 2013 and in January this year, as well as the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, USA, and he also finished second in the Marathon Eindhoven in October.
No less than 62 runners were in the lead pack at 5km, reached in 15:10, and this big group was down to 40 men by 10km, passed in 30:07.
The leading pack was whittled down further to 28 runners by 15km, reached in 45:03. At that point, potential podium contenders, Kenya’s James Mwangi, Morocco’s Hafid Chani and Japan’s Noritaka Fujiyama had already fallen away.
Just before 20km, which was reached in 1:00:04, the big surprise was that Kenya’s’ Joseph Gitau, the 2012 Fukuoka Marathon champion in 2:06:58, has also fallen off the lead pack. After the Japanese pair of Yuki Kawauchi and Yoshinori Oda also left the lead pack in the next few kilometres, by 26km only nine runners including two pace makers were left at the front. Read more…
February 23, 2014, TOKYO (AFP): Dickson Chumba of Kenya won the men’s race at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in a meet record of two hours, five minutes and 42 seconds as Kenyan and Ethiopian runners dominated the event.
The 27-year-old Kenyan was followed home by Tadese Tola of Ethiopia at 2:05:57 and fellow countryman Sammy Kitwara at 2:06:30.
Chumba broke his own personal best time of 2:05:46 he clocked in winning the Eindhoven Marathon in 2012.
Runners from the two African countries swept the top seven spots in the men’s race and the top five in the women’s.
Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene won women’s race in a meet record of 2:22:23. Born in Bekoji in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, she comes from a town renowned for producing world class runners such as Kenenisa Bekele and the Dibabas sisters.
Fellow Ethiopian Berhane Dibaba finished second at 2:22:30 and Lucy Kabuu of Kenya third at 2:24:16. Read more…
Rehima Kedir women’s and Gemeda Feyera men’s Hong Kong Marathon win as 64,000 runners take to the streets
Note: Oromo Athletes win everywhere around the globe.
February 16, 2014 (South China Morning Post) – Gemeda Feyera of Ethiopia raced clear to win the men’s marathon at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon on Sunday morning.
Feyera finished in 2:15.05, beating compatriot Abdisa Bedada Sori (2:15.11) and Elisha Kiprop Barno of Kenya (2:15.12).
Twenty-three runners were sent to hospital, with nine discharged by 11:30am.
“I’m thrilled for I only started running marathons four years ago and this is the biggest win of my career,” said Feyera, who will take home a purse of US$65,000. Read more…
February 16, 2014
Dibaba wasn’t the only Oromo in world-beating form as Mohamed Aman took more than half a second from his 800m world lead with an African indoor record of 1:44.52.
Only Denmark’s Wilson Kipketer and Russia’s Yuriy Borzakovskiy have now run faster than Aman under cover.
The 20-year-old reigning World champion, both indoors and outdoors, took the lead with a lap-and-a-half to go and had a five-metre lead on Adam Kszczot at the bell.
The Pole closed the gap down the back straight but Aman was too strong in the final straight. Read more…
• ‘Tired’ Dibaba shatters two-mile time at indoor grand prix
• Scotland’s Laura Muir happy after Birmingham 1500m win
February 15, 2014 (The Guardian) — Genzebe Dibaba’s astonishing indoor season continued as she smashed her third world record in 15 days at the indoor grand prix here.
A fortnight ago, in Karlsruhe, the 23-year-old Ethiopian snipped three seconds off the 1500m record. Last week in Stockholm she took apart the women’s indoor 3,000m by nearly seven seconds. She leaves Birmingham with another record and a $15,000 (£9,000) bonus after obliterating Meseret Defar’s two-mile world record by nearly six seconds after winning in 9min 00.48sec. It might have even been a second or two quicker if she had not been forced to veer around athletes she was lapping. Read more…
February 15, 2014, RAS AL KHAIMAH (The National) — Winner of the men’s titles at the Dubai and Boston marathons in 2013, Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa upstaged a strong Kenyan contingent on Friday to add the RAK Half Marathon to his list of conquests.
In a blistering sprint to the finish, eight men completed the 21.1-kilometre course inside 60 minutes – a record for a half marathon – with the 24-year-old Desisa taking the tape in 59 minutes, 34 seconds.
Eritrea’s Nguse Amlosom, whose previous personal best was a 60:46, was a surprise second in 59:38, while Kenyan Wilson Kiprop arrived six seconds later to complete the podium. Read more…
February 6, 2014
(IAAF) –Just five days after breaking the world indoor 1500m record, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba smashed the world indoor 3000m record* at Stockholm’s XL Galan, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, with a stunning 8:16.60 run on Thursday (6).
With a race pattern strikingly similar to the one she used when running 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe, and running on the 16-year anniversary of Daniel Komen’s world indoor record over the same distance, the race started out reasonably fast and ended even quicker. Read more…