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Ethiopians making up for lost time at the Boston Marathon

April 18th, 2014
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia passes Buckingham Palace during the Virgin London Marathon April 13. Getty Images

Ethiopians making up for lost time at the Boston Marathon

By John Powers

Published in Boston Globe

In the beginning there was Abebe Bikila, the imperial guard who ran barefoot atop Roman cobblestones by torchlight in 1960 and became the first black African to win the Olympic marathon. The Ethiopians owned the distance then, winning three consecutive gold medals at the Games with Bikila and Mamo Wolde. That was before boycotts took them off the global stage, before the prize money arrived and the Kenyans came by the dozens, then the hundreds, to take over the roads.

Now Bikila’s countrymen and women have been coming off the track and onto the hardtop and restaking their country’s original claim to primacy over 26 miles. “From the beginning Ethiopia was a name in marathoning,” says coach Haji Adillo. “Now, Ethiopia has become at the level of the Kenyans.”

The Ethiopia-Kenya rivalry is both friendly and fierce. “We are neighbors and we have the same talents for long distance but it is a big rivalry,” says Markos Geneti, who’ll be returning with four of his countrymen to take on eight Kenyans in Monday’s 118th running of the world’s most fabled road race while the women, led by two-time New York runner-up Buzunesh Deba and Mare Dibaba, have a quintet to take on Kenyan defending champion Rita Jeptoo and half a dozen of her countrywomen. “We fight for our country and for ourselves.

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Kenenisa Bekele wins Paris Marathon in marathon debut

April 6th, 2014

Kenenisa Bekele wins Paris Marathon in marathon debut

Paris (AFP) - Ethiopia's legendary runner Kenenisa Bekele notched up another impressive milestone in an already glittering career by winning the Paris Marathon on Sunday, his first attempt at the gruelling event.

The 31-year-old 5,000m and 10,000m world record crossed the line in an event record time of 2hr 5min 04secs after negotiating a sunbathed course of 42.195km (26.22 miles) through the streets of the French capital.

The previous Paris record was held by Kenya's Stanley Wiwott who clocked 2hr 05:10 in 2012.

Fellow Ethiopian Limenih Getachew came home second at 2hr 06.49secs with Luka Kanda of Kenya, the 2012 Rome winner, claiming the final spot on the podium crossing the line in 2hr 08.02.

"It was my first marathon and I didn't have much experience," said Bekele, the triple Olympic champion.

"It was very tough but it was the time I expected. After 25km I pushed alone but it was very tough." added

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Ethiopia bows out from 2014 African Nations Championship after suffering a 1-0 loss to Congo

January 18th, 2014

Ethiopia bows out from 2014 African Nations Championship after suffering a 1-0 loss to Congo

Source: SuperSport

Ethiopia were eliminated from the 2014 African Nations Championship after suffering a 1-0 loss to Congo at the Free State Stadium on Friday night. The Group C clash in Bloemfontein was settled by a late goal from the Red Devils’ Rudy Ndey.

The Walia Antelopes were expected to be one of the stronger teams in this tournament, but a second successive defeat (they were beaten 2-0 by Libya in their opener earlier this week) means they have no chance of getting out of the group.

Congo, on the other hand, have revived their hopes and now trail the group leaders Libya and Ghana by just a point.

Ethiopia should have opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute, as a free kick found Fasika Asfaw unmarked in the penalty area, but he failed to get over his header and the ball travelled over the crossbar for a goal kick.

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Football: Ethiopia bow out of CECAFA Cup

December 8th, 2013

Football: Ethiopia bow out of CECAFA Cup


Ethiopia bowed out of the CECACA Senior Challenge Cup when they lost 2-0 to Sudan in the quarter-finals at the Mombasa County stadium on Sunday.

Ethiopia were favourites to go all the way to the final having reached the play-off stage in the 2014 World Cup qualifying competition.

But the Walya Antelopes, who had more ball possession in the first half were not able to create scoring chances.

Instead it was Sudanese, who played a more cautious game and were gifted a 23rd minute lead with an own goal by Salahadin Bargecho who turned the ball into his own net.

Sudan stretched their lead in the 69th minute when their talisman Salah Ibrahim scored from close range to take his goal tally to four in the tournament.

Sudan will play Zambia in the last four, after the former African champions overcame Burundi 4-3 in penalties, in a dull game that ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.

It is first time for Zambia, the reigning COSAFA holders, who are competing as guests, and without two key players, including skipper Bronson Chama for the game, to reach the CECAFA cup semi-finals after three attempts.

The last time they reached the semis was in 2006.

Ethiopia beat Zanzibar 3-1 in Cecafa Challenge Cup

December 1st, 2013
Ethiopia beat Zanzibar 3-1 in Cecafa Challenge Cup

Ethiopia beat Zanzibar 3-1 in Cecafa Challenge Cup

Source: CAF

Favourites Ethiopia and Kenya register identical 3-1 wins over Zanzibar and South Sudan receptively on Saturday 30 November to move level on points in Group A of the Cecafa Challenge Cup Championship. Ethiopia dominated the first half with their attacking football as their strikers caused havoc with their pace. According to a report from AFP, Ethiopia's Yassin Salah went close to giving them the lead after only two minutes but he shot agonisingly over the bar.

Three minutes later skipper Fasika Asfaw made no mistake when he tapped in the ball from close range. The Ethiopians increased their lead in the 37th minute when Salahadin Bargicho, who proved a thorn in Zanzibar's side, slotted home from the penalty spot after Manaye Fantu was fouled. Bargicho, however, received a second booking and will miss Ethiopia's next game against South Sudan in Machakos on Tuesday.

Zanzibar pulled one back through captain Awadh Juma in the 68th minute but subtitute Rashid Kebede's 86th minute strike put the result beyond doubt for the three-time champions, who are tied on four points with Kenya in Group A. Kenya squandered numerous scoring chances against minnows South Sudan, who are virtually out of the tournament having lost their first two matches.

A Jockins Atudo penalty in the 16th minute brought relief to the anxious home crowd, who could only watch with agony three minutes later when the Sudanese drew level from skipper Justin Lado's free-kick. Kenya's footballer of the year Jacob Keli restored their lead in 29th minute with a header. Keli, who had an outstanding game, also missed a penalty after he had been fouled by Sudan goalkeeper Derete Alemu, who narrowly escaped being shown a red card for the harsh challenge. Substitute David Owino scored from a solo move in the 77th minute to seal Kenya's victory.