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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.

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

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,

Meseret Defar Wins 5,000m Gold

Meseret DefarAugust 12, 2012 - Meseret Defar became the latest darling of Ethiopian athletics winning the 5,000m run at London Olympics. Meseret shocked Tirunesh Dibaba with a stunning last lap to reclaim the Olympic 5,000m title she last won in Athens in 2004. Tirunesh Dibaba had looked on course to record a historic London double, having won the 10,000m last week.

But, after Tirunesh Dibaba had taken the lead with four laps to go, fellow Ethi

Our Olympic Athletes

By Meron Tekleberhan


Tirunesh DibabaAddis Ababa, August 5, 2012 ( - I wasn’t planning on watching the Olympic Games this year simply because I thought I had more important things to schedule. I stuck to this resolve for the first few days and didn’t see the opening or any of the games that lead up to the Women’s 10000 meter race.

Tirunesh Dibaba Wins 10,000m Race; Retains Title

Tirunesh DibabaAugust 4, 2012 — Tirunesh Dibaba successfully defended her Olympic title at London Games. She pulled away with 600 meters to go and won the 10,000 meters in 30 minutes, 20.75 seconbds.

Tirunesh Dibaba won the first women’s long-distance Olympic double in Beijing four years ago by winning the 5,000 and 10,000, collected.

Kenyans won silver and bronze, with Sally Kipyego finishing second in 30:26.37 and world champion Vivian Cheruiyot placing third in 30:30.44.

Ethiopian Runner Banned for Two Years for Doping

Ezkyas SisayJune 4, 2012 — Ethiopian distance runner Ezkyas Sisay has been banned for two years after testing positive for EPO at last year's New York City Marathon, according to AP report.

The IAAF and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency say Sisay admitted using the banned blood-boosting drug and accepted the suspension.

The 24-year-old athlete tested positive after finishing ninth in the New York race on Nov. 6, 2011.

His ban starts retroactively from the date of the test. His New York finish and all other

Haile Gebresilassie Fails to Qualify for London Olympics

Haile GebresilassieMay 28, 2012 — Haile Gebrselassie failed to qualify for the 10,000 meters at the London Games on Sunday, finishing outside the top two of the Ethiopian qualifiers at the FBK Games, according to AP report.

Gebrselassie had already failed to make it among the marathon qualifiers and had a fleeting hope he could go through in the 10,000, where he won gold in 1996 and 2000.

Tariku Bekele won Sunday’s race. Brother Kenenisa Bekele, the 2004 and ‘08 Olympic champion, will likely get the Eth

Ethiopian Federation Lifts Suspension of 35 Athletes

Kenenisa BekeleJanuary 24, 2012 — Ethiopia lifted suspension of Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele and 34 others on Tuesday, clearing the way for them to run at the London Games.

Ethiopian Athletics Federation President Bisrat Gashawten Tirfe told The Associated Press by telephone that “we have agreed to discuss all the matters concerning their problems.” The athletes were suspended last week for not reporting for an early pre-Olympic camp to improve performance and competition.

35 Ethiopian Athletes Banned From Competition

Kenenisa BekeleJanuary 21, 2012 - The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has banned 35 athletes, including Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba, for not showing up for training, according to The Telegraph.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation, angry over flagging results in recent years, summoned 200 athletes to a training camp two months ago ahead of the World Indoor Championships in March and the London Olympics in July and August.

But Bekele and other athletes, including Olympic women’s 5,000m and 10,000m gold me


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