March 30, 2015 (IAAF) — Two-time world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba narrowly missed out on breaking the world best at the Carlsbad 5000, but her winning time of 14:48 was the second-fastest ever recorded for 5km on the roads.
The 24-year-old owns the fastest times in history across four distances indoors, and had been hoping to add another mark to her growing collection. Just like three of her indoor record-breaking performances, she was targeting a time that had been set by Meseret Defar. The two-time Olympic champion ran 14:46 in Carlsbad in 2006.
But a 4:50 opening mile – some seven seconds slower than Defar managed nine years ago – meant that Dibaba left herself with too much to do. She was part of a 10-woman lead group at that point, but she upped the pace and was left with just her Ethiopian compatriots Gelete Burka and Wude Ayalew for company.
Having covered the second mile in 4:42, Dibaba was now just three seconds adrift of Defar’s world best pace. Soon after, Burka and Ayalew dropped behind and Dibaba – just like in many of her record attempts – was out in front.
Racing on a different, and slightly more challenging, route to the one Defar contested in 2006, Dibaba rallied hard in the closing stages but was still a few metres shy of the finish-line as she saw Defar’s world record figures tick by on the clock. Read more…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Up until this point in my life, I have no regrets.
I have a weakness in terms of the finish of my races. This is something I am working hard to improve. Read more…
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…
Soraa Halakee irraa
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…