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
May 18, 2014, Manchester, England – Oromian athletics legends Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba eased to victory in their respective races in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.
World and Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba earned a comfortable victory in the women’s competition, finishing the 10km course in 31:09. Read more…
May 4, 2014, HAMBURG (Times of India) — ‘s Shumi Dechasa won Sunday’s Hamburg marathon in 2hr 06min 44sec, just ahead of Kenya’s Eric Ndjema and Philemon Rono in cool temperatures.
“It was certainly not a very fast race, but I definitely wanted to finally win,” said Dechasa who ran a personal best, having finished fourth in Hamburg two years ago.
Former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie had been forced to withdraw from the marathon last month after suffering from a pollen allergy.
In the women’s race, Kenya’s Georgina Rono crossed the line in a winning time of 2:26:47.
By John Powers
April 19, 2014 (The Boston Globe) — In the beginning there was Abebe Bikila, the imperial guard who ran barefoot atop Roman cobblestones by torchlight in 1960 and became the first black African to win the Olympic marathon. The Ethiopians owned the distance then, winning three consecutive gold medals at the Games with Bikila and Mamo Wolde. That was before boycotts took them off the global stage, before the prize money arrived and the Kenyans came by the dozens, then the hundreds, to take over the roads.
Now Bikila’s countrymen and women have been coming off the track and onto the hardtop and restaking their country’s original claim to primacy over 26 miles. “From the beginning Ethiopia was a name in marathoning,” says coach Haji Adillo. “Now, Ethiopia has become at the level of the Kenyans.”
The Ethiopia-Kenya rivalry is both friendly and fierce. “We are neighbors and we have the same talents for long distance but it is a big rivalry,” says Markos Geneti, who’ll be returning with four of his countrymen to take on eight Kenyans in Monday’s 118th running of the world’s most fabled road race while the women, led by two-time New York runner-up Buzunesh Deba and Mare Dibaba, have a quintet to take on Kenyan defending champion Rita Jeptoo and half a dozen of her countrywomen. “We fight for our country and for ourselves.” Read more…
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…