| Rio Olympics Performance Result Falls Short of Expectations for Ethiopia
August 23, 2016 - Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia runs on her way to winning the women's 5000m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 22, 2008.
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia competes during the men's 5,000m final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 23, 2008. Ethiopia collected one gold, two silver and five bronze medals in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. This result gave the country the third place in Africa next to the neighbouring Kenya and South Africa. Four years ago Ethiopia stood second next to South Africa and sending neighbouring Kenya to thi
| Gebrselassie wins Great Manchester Run
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Haile Gebrselassie has won the 10-kilometer Great Manchester Run.
The 36-year-old Ethiopian finished in 27 minutes, 39 seconds on Sunday, missing out on breaking the 27:21 course record set by Kenya's Micah Kogo in 2007.
Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi of Libya was second in 28:13.
Gebrselassie lost his world 10K road mark in March when Kogo ran in 27:01 in the Netherlands.
| Athelte Ayele wins cross country in Spain
Addis Ababa, January 12, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - Athlete Ayele Abshero grabbed a more than convincing 13-second win at the ‘66th Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza’ which was held in Spain Sunday, IAAF website said.
Ayele, the reigning World Junior Cross Country silver medalist, finished the distance in 31:18 followed Kenyans Moses Mosop and Leonard Komon.
Ayele is now among the illustrious Elgoibar’s victors winners list which includes living legends such as Kenya’s Paul Tergat (1999) and Ethiopia&
| Athlete Negari settles 2nd place at Xiamen Int’l Marathon
Addis Ababa, January 3, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - Ethiopian athlete Negari Terfa secured second place though he broke the course record and his own personal bests at the 7th Xiamen International Marathon, China on Saturday IAAF reported.
According to the report the Xiamen International Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
Negari clocked well with 2:09:01, about 4 minutes ahead of his 2:13:19 previous personal best from Porto in October.
The Kenyan Samuel Muturi won the race cruise to 2:08:51 course record and a Moroccan athlete stood third.
| Ethiopia exiled as FIFA talks collapse
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) — Ethiopia remained under suspension from world soccer's governing body Tuesday after talks collapsed at FIFA headquarters.
Two rival groups are vying for control of Ethiopia's national federation. The country was suspended in July and later kicked out of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
FIFA said representatives of a faction led by Ahmed Yassin could not accept that Ashebir Woldegiorgis was rightfully elected to lead the national federation in January.
FIFA said it "regrets that no solution could be
| Wami ready for NYC challenge
World Marathon Majors champion Gete Wami is determined to return to winning ways over the marathon distance in New York next Sunday.
The 33-year-old Ethiopian lost a thriller in the Big Apple to Paula Radcliffe 12 months ago and a heavy fall in her next outing in London last April saw her finish third. She then failed to finish the recent Olympic marathon in Beijing after struggling with stomach problems.
However, Wami, who bounced back with a solid success at the Bupa Great North Run at the beginning of October, said: "I'll be ready to give my very best in New York."
Wami was troubled by a hamstring problem during her GNR victory, but she added: "It won't prevent me from training and I'm looking forward to the race.
"I always enjoy ra
| Athlete Kasime Adilo wins International Eurasia Marathon
Addis Ababa, October 27, 2008 (Addis Ababa) - Athlete Kasime Adilo has won the 30th International Eurasia Marathon in Istanbul on Sunday. Kasime finished with a time of 2:11:16.
Another Ethiopian Athlete, Lishan Yigezu came in second at 2:11:37.
Earlier in the men’s 15-kilometer event, Ethiopian athletes Bazu Worku and Negash Abebe came third and fourth respectively. Turkish athlete Selim Bayrak won the event with a time of 43:59.
In the women's 15-kilometer race Ethiopian woman athlete, Eyerusalem Kuma grabbed the third with 52:03. Luminita Talpos of Romania won the race with a time of 50:29.
According to the report by International Associations of Athletics Feder
| Tirunesh, Sileshi tie the knots in spectacular wedding ceremony
A/A, October 26, 2008 (Addis Ababa) - Unlike the season which is spring in most parts of Ethiopia, this Sunday, October 26, in the capital city of Addis Ababa, came to be cloudy sending down light showers now and then. But this did not prevent people from pouring out of their homes to crowd the boulevard at the Meskel Square in moods very much cheerful and merry. They meant to pay their respect and wish luck to a couple who just tied the knots.
In a hugely attended, colorful wedding, the interna
| The silver man to wed the golden girl
In what is being touted by their publicist as “the wedding of the millennium”, Seleshi Sehin and Tirunesh Dibaba announced on Thursday their wedding plans which is to take place on October 25, next week.
Seleshi, often dubbed as the silver man for continually coming in second place in major competitions, said that he and Tirunesh, the double Olympian gold medallist at the 5,000m and the 10,000m in Beijing, have been together for five years now.
This wedding is perhaps a first of what one might call a celebrity marriage, and one that has opend itslef for publicity.
| Wedding bells toll for Ethiopian track stars
Tirunesh Dibaba won two of Ethiopia's four gold medals at the Beijing Olympics
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopian athletics superstars, Tirunesh Dibaba and Sileshi Sihine on Thursday announced that they will tie the knot in a gala ceremony here later this month.
The ceremony which has been dubbed
| Ethiopia 'Olympic Village' named museum
Ethiopia's tiny village of Bekoji, which has produced some of the country's greatest athletes, is to be inaugurated a museum in their honour, state media said on Monday.
In its first step, Ethiopian government officials, along with double Olympic gold medallist Kenenisa Bekele and the 1992 Olympic 10,000m gold medallist Derartu Tulu laid a cornerstone on a 12 hectare plot of land over the weekend, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said.
"Bekoji's athletes have been the pride of the entire country. Their achievements therefore deserve to be honoured forever," regional president Abadula Gemeda said in a speech delivered during the ceremony on Saturday.
The town of Bekoji, 250 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, has been the main source of top-class athletes fo
| Ethiopian Olympic stars receive plots, gold
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopian Olympic stars, Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele, received 1,000 sq m plot and 80g of gold each on Friday in their birth place in the Ethiopian town of Asela, 150km east of Addis Ababa.
The awarding ceremony was held in Asela where the two double gold winners of the Beijing Olympic received the gifts from the town administration.
Accordingly, the Asela town administration awarded both athletes for their victory in the Beijing Olympic.
The Ethiopian Television (ETV) reported that the town administration has also decided to name an athletics academy after Tirunesh Dibaba and a poly-technical college after Bekele.
The two athlete
| Ethiopia's Bekele to build multi-million-dollar complex
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele to build multi-million-dollar complex
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopian track great Kenenisa Bekele announced Wednesday on state television he would finance the construction of a multi-million dollar sports complex in Ethiopia.
The multi-purpose sports centre will be es
| In a week of awards for Ethiopia’s Beijing heroes, Dibaba becomes a Chief Superintendent, Bekele has
Tirunesh Dibaba at a ceremony in Addis Ababa (Kassahun Yilma)
| Ethiopia awards Beijing Olympic gold medallists vehicles
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopia has awarded two Beijing Olympics double gold winners —Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele — new Toyota Lancer vehicles worth US$40,000 for their sterling performances in at the recent China games which ended on 24 August.
Coach Woldemeskel Kostre of 5,000m and 10,000m also received a Toyota Lancer automobile award from Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who handed the car keys to the two athletes at a ceremony held Wednesday night in the capital Addis Ababa.
\"The government is proud to give these gifts to the two athletes who have made history. They are unique and heroes,\" Meles said.
The award ceremony was held on the eve
| ethiopia’s olympic darling
The athlete and media zone at the Olympic Games can be one of the most chaotic places on earth.
It is the first place where athletes who have just finished their competitions recount their performances for packs of awaiting journalists. It is the place where stories are made, history books created and then rewritten, and controversies brew. Depending on the athlete and the type of event, the pack can range from just a handful to hundreds.
Minutes after Tirunesh Dibaba won the women&r
| Ethiopian double in Tilburg
Mestawat Tufa wins in Tilburg (TTM / Pix4Profs)
Tilburg, The Netherlands - On a new course in Tilburg in the south of The Netherlands Ethiopia scored a double victory in respectively in the Brabants Dagblad Ten Miles and the Tilburg Ladies Run 10km. Both events are IAAF Silver La
| Kenenisa wins 3000m at British Grand Prix
Addis Ababa, September 1, 2008 (Addis Ababa) - Ethiopian long distance star Kenenisa Bekele turned in the fastest time this year in the 3,000, finishing in 7 minutes, 31.94 seconds at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
It is the second time for Kenenisa to win after he clinched both the 5,000 and 10,000 m in Beijing with record time.
Last Friday Kenenisa won 5000 m at Weltklasse Zürich, ÅF Golden League.
Kenenisa holds the world and Olympic records in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres. He is the most accomplished runner in IAAF World Cross Country Championships history, with six long (12K) course and five short (4K) course titles
| A major blow for football fans in Ethiopia
FIFA, the world football governing body, announced that it canceled Ethiopia's upcoming world cup qualifier game with Morocco which was scheduled for September 7 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. FIFA suspended Ethiopia's Football Federation (EFA) last month in a dispute over the dismissal of the EFA's leaders.
Ethiopia was in third place with 6 points in Group 8 for the World Cup qualifier from Africa. In its last game in Addis Abba, Ethiopia's national football, the Waliya's trashed Mauritania 6-1 last June.
The suspension of Ethiopia from FIFA is a major blow for the football crazy country. Ethiopia has slipped in the FIFA rankings recently, which is now placed 107th in the world.
| Ethiopian olympic heroes arrive home
Addis Ababa, August 27, 2008 (Addis Ababa) - A team of gallant Ethiopian athletes, who took part in the 29th International Olympics held in Beijing, China received hero’s welcome on Wednesday.
Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi welcomed the athletes upon their arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
Thousands of people at the Addis Ababa stadium welcomed the athletes, who were decorated in gold, silver and bronze medals, with fanfare and cheers. Senior government officials