November 3, 2013 (Reuters) – Defending champion Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo won the men’s and women’s races at the New York City Marathon on Sunday for a Kenyan sweep in chilly, windy conditions through the city’s five boroughs.
After last year’s race was canceled due to damage inflicted on the city by Superstorm Sandy, the race marked a triumphant return as a record 50,740 runners started from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that connects Staten Island to Brooklyn.
Jeptoo overtook front-running Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba with about two miles to go to win going away in two hours, 25 minutes and seven seconds and claim a huge payday in a race that began in 46 degrees F with winds of 17 mph.
London Marathon winner Jeptoo trailed 2011 New York runner-up Deba, who lives and trains in the Big Apple, by nearly four minutes before shifting into catch-up mode from the 16-mile mark to reel in her rival, who suffered from stomach cramping during the race.
The win brought Jeptoo a World Marathon Majors bonus of $500,000 in addition to the New York prize of $100,000. Read more…
October 27, 2013 (Washington Post) — Girma Bedada, who lives in Columbia, Georgia, grabbed an energy snack and took a few bites during the 13th mile of the Marine Corps Marathon, a mid-run picnic as he cruised around Hains Point along the Potomac River. He looked calm. Boats glided in the water. Helicopters buzzed overhead. Fans cheered for Bedada, without another runner in sight. There was the applause for him Sunday, and then there was the applause for everyone else. Read more…
October 20, 2013, Canada (CBC News) — A pair of women each broke a 28-year-old record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, while an Ethiopian runner clocked the fastest marathon time on Canadian soil.
Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., finished the marathon in 2:28:00, just over a half-minute ahead of Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., who clocked a race time of 2:28:32.
Both times beat Sylvia Ruegger’s previous record of 2:28:36, which had been set in Houston in 1985.
The first Canadian male to cross the finish line was Eric Gillis, of Guelph, Ont., with a time of 2:11:49, about 20 seconds shy of his personal best. He completed the race fifth overall. Read more…
October 20, 2013, Hawassa, Ethiopia (AFP) – The sun had barely risen but the cool morning air was buzzing with excitement: 350 participants had gathered in Ethiopia, the land of runners, for the country’s first international marathon organised by athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie.
Sunday’s race, which drew 150 elite Ethiopian athletes and about 150 foreign “fun runners”, promises to boost professionalism in a country that has produced scores of world-class runners, many of whom started running barefoot along dusty country roads.
“Believe me, we can produce more big names, we can produce more marathon runners, more Olympic champions, world champion and world record holders,” said Gebrselassie, two-time marathon record-breaker and 10,000 Olympic champion.
Race organisers sought to draw Ethiopia’s top athletes to the race in Hawassa, 275 kilometres (170 miles) south of Ethiopia’s capital, by offering the largest cash prize in Ethiopian racing history — close to $5,300 (3,855 euros) each for the top man and woman competitors. Read more…
(Updated) Nigeria beat Ethiopia Changing Three Month’s Long ‘Fukara’ on the Rampage in World Cup playoff 1st Leg
ETHIOPIAN football fans have gone on the rampage in Addis Ababa attacking Nigerian businesses and setting cars on fire in response to what they see as the unfair loss of their national team the Walia Antelopes to the Super Eagles. Earlier today, the Eagles beat the Antelopes by two goals to one in the first leg of a World Cup qualifier, which gives them the advantage in the two-legged tie. However, Ethiopian fans feel robbed by the Cameroonian referee who denied them what looked like a clear goal in the 24 minute. Halfway through the second half, Saladin Said, Ethiopia’s best player, controlled a long diagonal ball well and managed to beat Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama only to see Godfrey Oboabona clear it off the line. Video replays shows that the ball had clearly crossed the line but Cameroonian official Neant Alioum refused to give the goal. Read more…
September 22, 2013 (The Sydney Morning Herald) – An Ethiopian woman has won the Sydney marathon, breaking a 12-year record.
Biruktait Degefa crossed the finishing line before 11am on Sunday, taking just over two-and-a-half hours to run the 42.2 kilometre course.
Degefa set a new record of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds, beating the 2 hours, 38 minutes and 11 seconds set by Australian woman Krishna Stanton in 2001.
Kenyan Willy Kibor Koitile took out the men’s division with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 48 seconds.
Local girl Laura James won the women’s half marathon, with the 21km course kicking off at Milson’s Point, crossing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and winding through the CBD.
James, from Cronulla, crossed the finish line at the Sydney Opera House in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 36 seconds – a result the 27-year-old called the best of her career. Read more…
September 15, 2013 (BBC Sport) — Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele saw off double world andOlympic champion Mo Farah’s late surge to win the Great North Run in a thrilling sprint finish.
Britain’s Farah, 30, chased down Bekele in the last 400m in a great finale but was pipped to the line by one second.
Another Ethiopian, Haile Gebrselassie, was a distant third after falling behind in the last of the 13.1 miles. Read more…
September 8, 2013
The ‘Walias Antelopes’ topped Group A with 13 points, two more than 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa, whose 4-1 home win over Botswana in Durban proved futile.
Ethiopia, the bottom seeds in a mini-league expected to be dominated by South Africa, join Algeria, Egypt, Ghana and Ivory Coast in the two-leg play-offs. Read more…
Sept 4, 2013 (Bangkok Post) — On a cold and wet morning in the lush green hills high above Addis Ababa, Ethiopian track star Kenenisa Bekele circles a brick red track, slowly, steadily rebuilding his strength.
His muscular legs hit the ground in a quick rhythm. The only noise in the serene silence is his breath, piercing through the thin air 2,700 metres (9,000 feet) above sea level.
The world-record holder in 5,000 and 10,000 metres and triple Olympic champion, who has suffered from a calf injury for three years, is running at the centre he opened late last year to improve training conditions for Ethiopia’s renowned runners.
Now he is looking to attract foreign athletes too, transforming his camp in Sululta into what he hopes will be a world-class training centre.
“We are inviting athletes, we want to have other international athletes from all over the world, so we want to be part of training centres of the world,” he told AFP, speaking after a training session on the track, 10 kilometres (six miles) from the capital. Read more…
Sept 2, 2013 (IAAF) — Just three days after her loss to rival Meseret Defar over 5000m in Zurich, World and Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba took to the roads in Tilburg on Sunday (1) in search of a World record.
The Ethiopian fell short of her target, but only just. Her winning time of 30:30 was the fourth-fastest performance in history for 10km. It also broke her own national record from earlier this year as she ran 19 seconds faster than she did in Manchester back in May.
In just her third ever race over the distance on the roads, Dibaba covered the first half in 15:21, which left her with a lot of ground to make up in the second half if she was to challenge Paula Radcliffe’s World record of 30:21 set more than a decade ago. Read more…
Winner Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar celebrates after the women’s 5000 metres final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 17, 2013. Defar produced a telling sprint finish to hold off a strong challenge from fellow-Ethopian Tirunesh Dibaba and win the 5,000 metres in the Diamond League meet in Zurich on Thursday.
Aug 29, 2013 (AFP) – Meseret Defar produced a telling sprint finish to hold off a strong challenge from fellow-Ethopian Tirunesh Dibaba and win the 5,000 metres in the Diamond League meet in Zurich on Thursday.
Defar, the world champion and double Olympic gold medallist, finished in 14min 32.83sec, with the beaten Dibaba trailing in in 14:34.82 in the penultimate Diamond League meet of the season. Read more…
Aug 18, 2013 (IAAF) - Meseret Defar made it two World Championships titles to go with her two Olympic titles when she sprinted away from her rivals to win the 5000m on Saturday night. Read more…
August 14, 2013, MOSCOW (AFP) — Mohammed Aman was outmuscled and jostled, but belied his diminutive size to produce a devastating sprint and claim a first-ever medal of any colour for Ethiopia in the world 800m by winning gold on Tuesday.
The two-lap event had sadly been shorn of the sublime talents of the injured David Rudisha, the Kenyan who broke the world record in winning the Olympic title last year.
But, in his absence, Aman, the 19-year-old world indoor champion who has twice got the better of Rudisha, stepped into the void with some style.
“I’m the first Ethiopian to win a 800m gold medal!” Aman said. “This gold medal is a big thing for me and my country.
“It was not easy, a world championships final is such a hard race. All the athletes in the race were very strong and it’s a double pleasure to be first in such company.” Read more…