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Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba Finish Second in London Marathon

Kenenisa-Tirunesh-Finish-secondApril 24, 2017 - Kenya's Mary Keitany broke world record to win the London Marathon on Sunday, while her compatriot Daniel Wanjiru also seized glory over the 26.2-mile distance, according to reports.

Keitany finished in two hours, 17 minutes and one second, dominating the rest of the field. Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba and Aselefech Mergia came in second and third, respectively.

Meanwhile, Wanjiru held off a late rally from the legendary Ethiopian runner, Kenenisa Bekele, posting a mark of 2:05:49. Kenya's Bedan Karoki took third.

Below are the top finishers from one of the world's mo

Ethiopia Finalizing Plans to Host CAF General Assembly

Ethiopia-finalizing-plans-to-host-CAFMarch 8, 2017 - Ethiopia is finalizing preparations to host the 39th ordinary general assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), according to ENA.

The event is "historic and unique" for Ethiopia that is going to host the CAF General Assembly after 51 years, Juneidin Basha President of the Federation told ENA.

Holding the meeting in Ethiopia, the founding member of CAF, is appropriate, as it coincides with the 60th founding anniversary of CAF, he said.

Five-hundred participants including CAF member countries and well known football players are expected at the event.

According to Juneidin, th

90,000 Addis Ababa Residents Participate in Race for GERD

Addis-residents-race-for-GERDMarch 6, 2017 - More than 90,000 residents of Addis Ababa display their support to the GERD project by taking part in the Grand Renaissance Dam running race held Sunday in the capital, according to ENA.

The 6km running was organized in connection to the 6th anniversary of the GERD and International Women's Day.

According to the organizers, the number of people participated in the race exceeded the plan by 30,000.

In addition from Addis Ababa the 6km running race has conducted in a number of towns across the country.

In the regional state of SNNP alone, more than 350,000 people have take part in the

Ethiopian Silver Medalist Feyisa Lelisa Reunites with Family in USA

Feyisa-reunites-with-familyFebruary 15, 2017 - Feyisa Lelisa, the 27-year-old Ethiopian silver medal winning marathoner, reunited with his family on Tuesday, according to media reports. His wife, Iftu Mulisa, and two children, 5-year-old daugher, Soko, and 3-year-old son, Sora, arrived at the Miami International Airport after being separated from them for six months, according to VOA.

“It's been tough living alone,” he said speaking to VOA’s Afaan Oromoo Service over the phone in his native Afaan Oromoo. “Back home, I had a lot of support. It hasn’t been easy, but that's part of the struggle. You don't give up,”

Melaku Belachew Wins Hong Kong Marathon in Record Time

Melaku-Belachew-wins-HK-MarathonFebruary 12, 2017 - Melaku Belachew smashed the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon race record to win the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday (12).

The 27-year-old took more than two minutes from his PB to win in 2:10:31, improving the race record by 56 seconds. Compatriot Gulume Tollesa made it an Ethiopian double, winning the women’s race in 2:33:39.

On a day of perfect conditions for distance running, the men’s race came alive in the final 10 kilometres. It started with a conservative opening 10km of 31:58 before the pace picked up with 15km being reached in 47:03.

“Last year was very bad,&rdquo

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba Breaks World 2000m Record

Genzebe-Dibaba-breaks-2000m-recordFebruary 8, 2017 - World 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba broke world 2000m record at the Miting Internacional de Catalunya in the Spanish city of Sabadell on Tuesday, according to IAAF.

The three-time world indoor champion overtook the pacemaker just before the half-way mark, which was reached in 2:42.65, and continued to extend her lead over her younger sister Anna and Morocco's Siham Hilali.

She went on to stop the clock at 5:23.75, taking almost seven seconds off the world indoor best set by Gabriela Szabo in 1998. Although the 2000m isn't an official world record event indoors, Dibaba's perform

Tamirat Tola Breaks Record, Worknesh Debele Wins Women Marathon

Ethiopians-dominate-Dubai-marathon-2017January 20, 2017 - Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia won the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon with a timing of 2:04:11sec in the men’s race while Worknesh Degefa Debele, also from Ethiopia finished first in the women’s race with a timing of 2:22:36sec.

Tola recorded a Dubai Marathon course record in the process, beating Ayele Abshero of Ethiopia’s timing of 2:04:23, which was set in the 2012 Dubai Marathon edition.

Debele beat pre-race favourite Shure Demise, who finished 22 seconds behind in second place. It was Degefa's marathon debut. Both Tola and Debele won $200,000 for their stupendo

Running Legend Miruts Yifter Laid to Rest in Ethiopia

Miruts-yifter-laid-to-restJanuary  02, 2017 - The body of the late Miruts Yifter, Ethiopia's running legend was laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, reports ENA.

Senior government officials, athletes, the public and other guests were present at the burial ceremony of Miruts who was dubbed "Yifter the Shifter"for his unique distance running quality. 

Mirutse won his first bronze in 10,000 meters at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

At the 1980 Moscow Olympics, he claimed his gold medals in both 10,000 and 5,000 meters.

He also won gold and bronze in 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively,

Ethiopian Running Legend, Miruts Yifter, Dies at 72

Miruts-Yifter-DiesDecember 23, 2016 - The IAAF is saddened by the news that Miruts Yifter, a double Olympic champion for Ethiopia at the 1980 Olympic Games, died yesterday (22) in Toronto, Canada, after being hospitalised for respiratory ailments. Yifter, considered by many as one of the greatest middle distance runners of all-time, was 72.

Yifter's crowning achievement was his 5,000 and 10,000m double triumph at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow at age 40, where he earned the nickname "Yifter the Shifter" for the rapid injections of speed that helped propel him to victory. In both contests, Yifter surged and slowed to confuse his key opponents. The tactic worked.

Ethiopia to Lobby Relocation of CAF Headquarters to Addis Ababa

CAFNovember 27, 2016 - Ethiopia is planning to lobby for relocation of Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters from Cairo, Egypt, to its capital Addis Ababa.

The upcoming CAF Congress in Addis, March next year, will present an opportunity to pitch for the “popular” idea at the highest level.

“Ethiopia is seeking support from many CAF members who feel Cairo is far from them, and it’s difficult to get direct flights to the North African country,” a source close to Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) told

56-member CAF was formed 59-years ago and was first hosted in Khartou

Ethiopia to Host FIFA Executive Football Summit

FIFA-SummitNovember 24, 2016 - Addis Ababa has been chosen as the only African city and one of the six venues to host 11 Fifa Executive Football Summits around the world between November 2016 and March 2017.

Following the launch in Paris, two summits will take place in Singapore (6-8 December), two in Miami (17-18 January), two in Doha (14-16 February), two in Addis Ababa (21-23 February).

Ethiopia Football Federation president Junedin Basha also confirmed the new development posted on the Fifa portal.

"As a country and federation we are indeed honoured to be the choice for the Fifa summit next year that's confirms the confidence the World governing bo

Ethiopia Bidding to Host 2025 Africa Cup of Nations

AA_Future_StadiumNovember 19, 2016 - Ethiopia will bid to play hosts to the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). This was confirmed to by the country’s football federation president, Junedin Basha.

After his meeting this week with Caf Secretary General, Hicham Al Amrani, Junedin alluded to the fact they are ready to play hosts to the African football showpiece.
“Yes it’s true we are ready to bid for Afcon 2025 as we have all it takes to host the biggest tournament. We want to compete with other bidders and hopefully we will get the opportunity as we have great sports infrastructure development across the country.

Dadi Beyene of Ethiopia wins Richmond Marathon

Dadi BeyeneNovember 13, 2016 - Dadi Beyene, an Ethiopian runner, has won the 39th annual Richmond marathon.

According to race results available on the organizers’ website, Dadi Bayene came in first Saturday at the Anthem Richmond Marathon with a time of 2 hours 19 minutes and 36 seconds.

Bayene finished just three seconds in front of Peter Limo of Kenya.

Bizuwork Getahun of Ethiopia came in first among the women with a time of 2 hours 37 minutes and 51 seconds.

Girma Gebre of Ethiopia won the half marathon for the men and Joan Aiyabei of Kenya captured the half marathon title for the women.

An estimated 17,000 runners came out

Haile Gebrselassie Elected Ethiopia Athletics Chief

Haile Gebresilassie elected Athletics ChiefNovember 6, 2016 - Distance running great Haile Gebrselassie has been elected president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, as the country grapples with doping issues and poor results on the track.

Ethiopia, which alongside neighbour Kenya has for many years dominated distance running, had its credibility questioned earlier this year when six of its athletes came under investigation for doping.

It subsequently announced that it would carry out tests on up to 200 athletes.

The east African nation is also struggling with a slump in form and won a single gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in A

Rare National Joy as Ethiopia Beats South Africa 2-1

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Ethiopia celebrates football winAddis Ababa, June 20, 2013 ( - It was a moment of an absolute harmony, pride and happiness in the country, as Ethiopia beat South Africa 2-1 in Addis Ababa Stadium.

Ethiopian Teenager Tesfaye Debele Wins 10k Race in England

Tesfaye DebeleApril 30, 2013 - An Ethiopian teenager’s scintillating run smashed the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k course record yesterday.

Tesfaye Debele knocked 24 seconds off the previous best when he stormed over the Centenary Square finishing line in 31 minutes and two seconds.

The 19-year-old, who is a member of Bradford Airedale Athletic Club, led the race from start to finish after going out in front when the event began at 9am.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus moments after he finis

Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede wins London Marathon

Tsegaye KebedeApril 22, 2013 - Tsegaye Kebede won the London Marathon for the second time on Sunday amid enhanced security in the first major race since the twin bombings in Boston.

The Ethiopian chased down Emmanuel Mutai, and overtook the Kenyan in the closing stages to cross the line first in front of Buckingham Palace. 

Tsegaye Kebede, who like most competitors wore a black ribbon to mark the Boston victims, clocked 2 hours, 6 minutes and 15 seconds to add to his 2010 triumph in London.

The wo

Lelisa Desisa Wins 117th Boston Marathon

LelisaApril 17, 2013 - Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, pulling ahead late in the race and finishing in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds. He beat Kenyan Micah Kongo by five seconds and Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam by eight seconds.

Lelisa Desisa, 23, promised he would come back again next year after training back in Ethiopia for the hilly Boston course. He sat for a postrace interview with WBZ-TV and said the course took a toll on his body.

American Jason Hartmann took fourth in 2:12:12, and 2012 champion Wesley Korir

Dejen Gebremeskel Wins Carlsbad 5000 Race for the Third Time

Dejen GebremeskelCARLSBAD — Dejen Gebremeskel won the Carlsbad 5000 meter race for the third time, according to UT Sandiego news. Dejen came to Carlsbad wanting to add his name to the Carlsbad 5000 record book. “I wanted to make history for Carlsbad,” Gebremeskel said after becoming just the fourth man to become a three-time winner of the Carlsbad 5000. “This is one of the big races for 5K, so to win two times was big for me. And now to win again, it’s even bigger.”

While Dejen Gebremeskel,

Stop Mixing Politics with Sports


By Seble Teweldebirhan


The WalyasAddis Ababa, October 19, 2012 ( - Last week Sunday holds a special place for Ethiopians. The day was, after 31 years of frustration and disappointment, the Ethiopian National Football Team (The Walyas) made it to the African Cup of nations. The day can be m


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