Almaz Ayana won the 5,000-meter final on Sunday in a world championship record 14 minutes, 26.83 seconds, leading an Ethiopian sweep of the medals.
With four laps to go, Ayana made a move and started to lift the pace, leaving Genzebe Dibaba behind. With two laps to go, she led by 50 meters.
Dibaba, who won the 1,500-meter title and was aiming for a distance double, was edged for the silver by Senbera Teferi, who finished in 14:44.07. Dibaba was 0.07 seconds behind for the bronze medal.
Kenyan runners finished fourth, fifth and sixth.
How do you solve a problem like beating Genzebe Dibaba in the 5000m?
Easy – just run the final 3000m in 8:19.92.
Easier said than done, of course, as no woman has managed to defeat Dibaba this year. She has broken world records indoors and out, dominated the IAAF Diamond League circuit and looked invincible when winning gold in the 1500m earlier in the week.
But her fifth race of the championships proved to be one run too many, because when world leader Almaz Ayana made her move, Dibaba was unable to respond.
As is often the case in major championship distance races, Japanese athletes led during the opening stages. Misaki Onishi took the field through 1000m in 3:01.65 and then team-mate Ayuko Suzuki led as the field passed 2000m in 6:06.27 with the first 10 athletes running in single file.
It was then that Ayana made her move.
She hit the front and was immediately followed by Dibaba. Another lap later, it was still the Ethiopian duo out in front with a gap to Kenya’s Mercy Cherono in third. Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi and Kenya’s Viola Kibiwot were further back, having broken away from the rest of the chasers.
Ayana reached 3000m in 8:55.63, having covered the previous kilometre in 2:48.71, and was starting to pull away from Dibaba – a sight previously unseen anywhere in the world this year.
And just when the moments of self-doubt were starting to creep in for Dibaba, Ayana ratcheted up the pace. She churned out a 2:43.62 kilometre to reach the 4000m point in 11:39.25, more than five seconds ahead of Dibaba. Further down the field, Teferi and Kibiwot had caught Cherono.
Ayana continued to pull away from Dibaba on the last two laps and was away and clear, crossing the line in a championship record of 14:26.83 with the biggest 5000m winning margin in World Championships history, having covered the final 3000m in 8:19.91.
Teferi and Kibiwot were locked in their own private battle for the medals, and in doing so they caught up with Dibaba on the home straight.
Dibaba tried to dig in to salvage at least a silver, but Teferi – running on fresher legs – caught her just before the line to take silver in 14:44.07, just 0.07 ahead of a disappointed Dibaba. It was Ethiopia’s second medal sweep in this event at the IAAF World Championships, having filled the top four places in Helsinki in 2005.
Behind the Ethiopian trio, Kenyan athletes covered the next four spots. Kibiwot was fourth in 14:46.16 ahead of her more favoured compatriot Mercy Cherono, who ran 15:01.36. Janet Kisa and Irene Cheptai followed in 15:02.68 and 15:03.41 respectively.
Susan Kuijken of the Netherlands completed the top eight with her time of 15:08.00.
2-time champ Kiplagat places 5th
By Pat Graham, The Associated Press
Mare Dibaba gets asked all the time if she's related to Ethiopian great Tirunesh Dibaba. She's not.
Runs a lot like her, though. Especially when a title is on the line.
Mare Dibaba captured the first women's marathon gold for Ethiopia at the world track and field championships Sunday, holding off Helah Kiprop of Kenya in a race that was settled by a 100-metre sprint.
The 25-year-old Dibaba patiently waited for the right time to make her move, constantly checking her watch before breaking away in the shadow of the Bird's Nest in Beijing. Dibaba finished in two hours 27 minutes 35 seconds, edging Kiprop by one second in the closest women's marathon finish ever at the worlds. Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain earned the bronze.
"No pace is bad. When everybody goes, you go," Dibaba said through a translator. "I had to wait for it. Finally, I kicked."
It's been hot and humid all week in Beijing, but turned cooler for the race. There was even cloud cover. The air quality wasn't ideal, though, with the race starting at the "moderate" level and staying in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range until the finish.
Two-time champion Edna Kiplagat was in contention until the end but faded to fifth place.
With the stadium in sight, Dibaba decided to make her move. Just after entering the tunnel — about where Usain Bolt started the 100 metres — she separated from Kiprop, who couldn't answer that speed.
Asked if Dibaba was simply stronger at the end, Kiprop responded: "Yeah."
Dibaba certainly has a fitting name for a champion and often gets asked if she's related to Tirunesh, who's captured five career gold medals at the worlds. Or even Genzebe Dibaba, the younger sister of Tirunesh and world-record holder in the 1,500.
'My energy was there. I was so confident, purely confident.'
- Women's marathon champion Mare Dibaba
They're from different places, but Tirunesh Dibaba is her biggest influence.
Turns out, she has that familiar Dibaba kick, too, even if they're not related.
"My energy was there," Mare Dibaba said. "I was so confident, purely confident."
Around the two-hour mark, Kiplagat said something to her Kenyan teammates and they began to pick up the pace. A pack of a dozen runners was thinned to six.
That group included not only the Kenyans, but Dibaba and Kirwa, who is Kenyan and started to compete for Bahrain in 2013. Soon after, Kiplagat dropped back, too.
"I had the confidence because my last lap is fast," Dibaba said.
American runner Serena Burla was with the lead group until late in the race, when she lost touch and wound up 10th.
In 2010, Burla had a tumor removed in her leg wasn't sure if she'd ever run again. Last week, her grandmother died.
"You have to live each day to the fullest," said Burla, who has a scar behind her right knee. "A great reminder to do what you love and do what you love well."
Four decades after Haile Selassie’s death, Ethiopia is an African success story
Ethiopia has changed beyond all recognition since the death of its last emperor, Haile Selassie, 40 years ago. Haile Selassie was surreptitiously murdered at the age of 83 by the military revolutionaries who had overthrown him a year earlier. Though t-shirts bearing his familiar features are to be seen on the streets of Addis Ababa, the days of the empire have gone and there is no move to restore it.
Gone too is the Derg, as the military regime was called. It attempted to build a communist state on the ruins of the empire, like its backers in the then USSR. Though it built what initially seemed to be an effective dictatorship, it was unable to cope with the economic incompetence of state socialism – symbolised for the outside world by the great famine of 1984 – or the resistance aroused by brutal top-down central rule.
This resistance was led by the movement for the independence of the northern province of Eritrea. One of the most effective insurgencies the world has ever seen, it brought down the Derg in the province in 1991. Eritrea has since tragically degenerated into an African North Korea, which has succeeded only in providing a massively disproportionate number of the refugees now besieging Fortress Europe. The government of the rest of Ethiopia – by far the largest part of the country – fell to an allied guerrilla movement, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Donald Trump’s shtick is: “America needs to be respected again because the rest of the world has lost respect for America.”
I don’t care much for The Donald.
But his shtick gnaws away at my mind as I think over the disgraceful “red carpet” treatment President Barack Obama received last month when he visited Ethiopia, the first ever for a sitting American President.
I know the whole red carpet drama is frivolity and vanity and not a big deal in the grand scheme of things; but to the extent that it represents a symbolic gesture of respect for a head of state and his/her nation, it is a big deal.
As I have said before, I am not much for pomp and circumstances and elaborate formal ceremonies. But I have been known to show up at my university’s commencement exercises clad in resplendent professorial regalia and occasionally carrying the university mace as faculty marshal. Graduation ceremonies mean a lot to my students and their families.
I appreciate the symbolic significance of formal ceremonies; but they must be done with class and pizzazz.
I believe the “red carpet” treatment given to President Barack Obama in late July by Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) in Ethiopia was a low down dirty shame and an insult to the office of the U.S. President and the people of the United States.
To the world, Barack Obama is the public face of the United States of America and the single most important representative of the people of the United States. As such, he deserves the highest respect during state visits.
The T-TPLF gave President Obama a red carpet treatment that was not even fit for Bozo the Clown!
It is totally mind-boggling why the T-TPLF dissed Obama.
Obama has been the T-TPLF’s principal bankroller.
Obama continues to turn a blind eye, deaf ears and muted lips the T-TPLF’s crimes against humanity.
Obama lied through his teeth to give credibility and legitimacy to the T-TPLF. Obama had the gall to say the 100 percent “election victory” claimed by the T-TPLF this past
May is “democratic”. His National Security Adviser Susan Rice emphatically declared to the press that the “President believes it is absolutely 100 democratic.” Then Rice busted out laughing uncontrollably!
What did Obama get in return for all the favors he has done to T-TPLF? DISRESPECT!
What did America get in return? DISRESPECT!
High rollers in Las Vegas have received better red carpet treatment than President Obama in Addis Ababa.
The “red carpet treatment” means “something” as a symbolic gesture of respect. That is why important state visits and other official affairs are often opened in red carpet receptions and honor guard inspections. Glamorous celebrities the world over present themselves to their adoring public by sauntering on the red carpet.
But Agamemnon hesitates to walk on the crimson carpet knowing that such treatment was reserved only for the gods.
Our modern gods — presidents, prime ministers, heads of state, celebrities of all types — have long made it a habit of walking on the red carpet just to remind us that they are gods and we are mere mortals; and that it is our duty to pay them homage, if not worship them outright.
I don’t’ know if the most powerful man on earth could be classified as a god, at least on the level of the mythological Greek gods, but I believe he is entitled to a real red carpet treatment.
I was so appalled by the T-TPLF red carpet spectacle that I thought for a moment the T-TPLF was having Obama do “Ring Around the Rosie”.
They made Obama walk the four squares of tacked-on “runner rugs”, with an imitation Persian rug as the centerpiece, to inspect the honor guards.
Obama walked 8 steps to the left from where he was standing, then made a hard right and took another 12 steps, another hard right and 15 steps, another hard right 11 steps and another hard right 7 steps to his original standing position.
The whole red carpet honor guarad ceremony took 59 seconds! Watch video HERE.
The only thing missing was for the statuesque crowd to sing out loud: “Ring-a-ring-a-roses,/ A pocket full of posies;/Ashes! Ashes!/ We all fall down/.
(How true, they all fall down!)
I believe the T-TPLF showed utter disrespect to President Obama and the tax payers of the United States of America by giving him a Mickey Mouse red carpet treatment on his state visit. He deserved better.
I don’t know why the T-TPLF gave President Obama a crappy 59-second red carpet reception on his state visit.
Could it be that there is no honor and respect among thugs, thieves and thankless beggars?
Could it be that Hailemariam and his T-TPLF bosses are so clueless that they really believed their Mickey Mouse red carpet and honor guard ceremony is what the President of the United States deserved?
There is no doubt Hailemariam and his puppet masters have been given enough red carpet ceremonies over the years to know what a real red carpet treatment is like.
Is it possible that Hailemariam and his paymasters are such clod-hopping country bumpkins and yokels that they do not even learn from others by watching?
I don’t mean fancy learning. I mean simple learning as in “monkey see, monkey do”.
Isn’t there someone around to teach them:
Listen up! This is what a red carpet looks like. Notice! it is red. It is not variegated. That means multicolored. Pay attention! A red carpet is not an imitation Made in China olefin Persian carpet. Check this out! This is how you roll out a fifty-yard red carpet. Look here! The lesson is almost over. You do not patch or tack together 8-feet “runner rugs” [long strips of cheap Chinese olefin rugs] to receive the President of the United States. Pay attention!! You ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, do not buy a 99-cent welcome rug from the Dollar Store to receive the President of the United States!!!!!
For crying out loud, if these guys are so clueless rolling out a red carpet, how can they be expected to roll out an economic plan for 100 million people!?
Even worse, the way they overlapped the imitation Persian rug over the runner rugs was so dangerous that Obama could have tripped and fallen flat on his face. (Aren’t the Secret Service folks supposed to watch out for the President’s safety from falling on slipping and snagging carpets? Many lay people saw the danger.)
The only rational explanation is that the T-TPLF bosses wanted to dis Barack Obama. Straight up! I am convinced that they wanted to tell Barack Obama he aint _ _ _ _ !
That really pisses me off, even though I am no longer a cheerleader for Barack Obama and have lost respect for him for lying to protect the T-TPLF.
Despite my personal feelings, I still believe Obama deserved the highest respect as the President of the United States of America on his state visit to Ethiopia.
All I can say is that you can take the thug out of the bush but you can’t take the bush out of the thug!
It is true, “Money can’t buy you class!”
Shame on the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean’s People’s Liberation Front for giving President Obama a Mickey Mouse reception on his state visit!
Roll out the red carpet for Hailemariam Deslaegn (Rwanda visit, August 21,
This can’t be true!?
A polypropylene welcome door mat for the President of the United States?!?
(Thank goodness the President did not fall on his face tripped by the welcome mat overlaid on the rug. Of course, the rear tire of “The Beast” (presidential limo) pressed firmly on the edge of the “welcome mat” holding it in place so it does not slip when the President stepped on it. Did the Secret Service arrange that?!)
But it is TRUE!
The exact “charming welcome mat” is available for direct bulk order from Huangpu, China at this link:
Donald Trump said, “America needs to be respected again because the rest of the world has lost respect for America.”
What would a “President” Donald Trump have done if he had visited Ethiopia and been given the Mickey Mouse red carpet treatment?
I doubt Trump would have taken such in-your-face disrespect without giving his hosts a piece of his mind.
I think he would have told the T-TPLF, with a slight variation, what he told China : “Listen you m—–f——, we’re going to tax you 25 percent!”.
“Listen you T-TPLF! We are going to cut your welfare aid check by 25 percent.”
Now, get a load of that to get R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
The Ethiopian Insurance Corporation (EIC) is to award a 15 million Br detailed design and construction supervision contract to MH Engineering Plc for its headquarters.
The two sides will seal the deal on August 24, 2015 at Elilly Hotel.
EIC’s headquarters will be a 38-storey building which will be constructed on 8,477sqm of land out of a total of 12,211sqm of land on Ras Damtew Street, opposite Ambassador Theatre. The building will have a four-storey basement. The remaining plot will be reserved for parking.
The company already had a 3,400sqm plot of land along Gordeme River, which had been used as a store. The company leased an additional 1,300sqm of land in 2005/06 for 1,800 Br a square metre in order to erect 15-storey building for its life insurance office at that site. It then changed its plan into a 38-floor building, with four floors underground and the rest above, according to Haileluel Tessema, deputy CEO of EIC’s Resource Management Office. For that it leased an additional 8,000sqm for the price of 2,500 Br a square metre in 2011.
Rising to a height of 113m, the new building will accommodate offices of EIC and avail extra space for rent for other commercial purposes, said Fikiru Tsegaye, director of Marketing & Strategic Management at EIC.
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