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Over 26,000 people participate in Fifth Toyota Great Ethiopian Run
Nov 27, 2005, 19:00 GMT
Addis Ababa - A record of over 26,000 people participated in the Fifth Toyota Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa on Sunday, with top elite Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes taking part.
Ethiopian athletes won the 10 km road race in the main streets of Addis Ababa in both the men\'s and women\'s event. Nine Kenyan athletes - five men and four women - took part in the race.
Kenyan athlete Elliott Kipchogi was present as guest of honour serving as marshal along with Gabriella Zsabo of Romania and Haile Gebreselassie of Ethiopia.
The men\'s and women\'s 10,000 m events were won by Ketema Negussie and Genet Getahun, respectively, in record time to receive 35,000 birr (about 4.040 dollar) each in prize money - 25,000 birr for winning the race and 10,00 birr for setting new course record.
Ketema finished the race in 28 minutes, 24.13 seconds, beating the previous record of 29 minutes 54 seconds registered in 2003.
Genet won the women\'s 10,000 m event in 33 minutes, 5 seconds, improving her time for the event last year by alomst one minute.
The men\'s second place was won by Kenyan Nathan Nabaiyi and the third place by Ethiopian Diriba Merga. Ma\'aza Kiros and Yene-Alem Ayalew won second and third places in the women\'s event.
The Great Ethiopian Run was launched in 2001 as a 10-kilometre road race for youth participants in Addis Ababa to create awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS with a motto, Run For Your Life, by Ethiopia\'s renowned long-distance runner Haile Gebre Selassie.
It has since grown into the biggest road race in Africa. The number of participants has increased steadily over the years, as the race attracted people of all walks of life, including athletes, government officials and diplomats who both participate and pay nominal sponsorship fees for other participants.
Organizers said this year\'s race was originally planned for 25,000 participants, but they had to comply with a demand for an additional 1,000 participants two days before event.
? dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Long live Haile Gebresilassie! you are the son of the true ethiopian.
God Bless you!
It is not a time for such a circus.
Only a month ago Ethiopians were being slaughtered on the roads you were running.Shame on the organizers.
The Great Ethiopian run 2005 in Addis Ababa was celebrated colorfully. It was shinning with Yellow T-shirts by wonderful runners. I appreciate the hard work and effort of Mohammed Alamoudi and Haile gebreselassei together with Toyota Ethiopia for their contribution on successful celebration of The Great Ethiopian Run.
Hopefully there will be more computation soon. Our country is on the way to development and success.
this message is for MR JO
what ’s up dump ass, MR, woyane,,and not to forget that you are also AGAZI animal , who was raised and grown up in the forest, like an animal,,sorry for me to use,,the word /like/ ,actually you are animal, ,probably the chibba ,or whatever that the Americans rescued in EThiopia,,any way, look..I know it is hard for you to think like a human being,because you are not..,,
probably you think that ,you are a human being,,may be you look like one,,but you don’t qualify to be a human being,,,or you are a human being,with no brain,,or ,,,brain with full of mucus..,
you know thanks to Technoloyg, they can remove the mucus in your animal brain, and make you start to think like a human being,,stupid ,ass, you are talking about Ethiopian peace,,let me tell you somethin,,,as long as you and your boss, Woyane ,lives in the face of the world,,there is no peace in Ethiopia,,
but you are on the edge of your grave,,you are gonna be buried in there soon..you think your party,,,will rule Ethiopia for long, but let me tell you..
your time is getting over,,
Victory for Ethiopian people,,
DEath for AGAZIS and Woyanes..
f**kin cheap prize money, thats how cheap meles is….even winner in the playstation Tekken tournament had won a minimum $15,000 and thats the least you would win in a computer game tournament
I was in the great ethiopian run last sunday.The event was colorful & most of the participants were protesting the EPRDF led Government and they asked the realse of oppositon leaders who has been jailed.I heard the people chanting that the opposition leaders are their hero & Meles is the one who betrayed his country not the opposition leadres.I have understood that the hate of the people to EPRDF has been more deepened whatever propganda has been disseminated by the Government owened medias against CUDP.
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