Category: "Osaka 2007"
A very successful Olympic for Team Ethiopia
- 18th in the World
- 2nd in Africa
- 5th in Athletics
Ethiopia has just concluded the second most successful Olympic in history by medal counts. Only in Sydney, did Ethiopia win more medals. Team Ethiopia won a total of 7 medals; 4 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze, finishing 18th in the world and 2nd in Africa. In Athletics, Ethiopia finished 5th in the world after United States, Russia, Jamaica and Kenya. It was only short of the record in Sydney by 1 bronze medal when Ethiopia won a record 4 gold medals, 1 Silver and 3 bronze medals in 2000 in Sydney.
Tirunesh Dibaba made history by becoming the first woman ever to win double gold in the 5000m and 10,000m in Olympics. Also Kenenisa Bekele became the second Ethiopian after Mirtus Yifter, to win double gold medals in 5000m and 10,000m, making him the first Ethiopian to win 3 gold medals in Olympic, a record for any athlete in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has also came close to winning a medal in Men's 3000m Steeplechase for the first time since 1980, when rising star Yakob Jarso finished 4th. In the Women's 3000m Steeplechase, Zemzem Ahmed broke the national record in the event finishing 7th. In the Men's marathon, Team Ethiopia has done more than many anticipated with all three team members finishing in the top 7 and Tsegaye Kebede taking the bronze medal with Deriba Merga finishing 4th and Gashaw Asfaw finishing 7th.
Ethiopia has performed poorly in the Women's Marathon where two of the runners, Gete Wami and Berhane Adere, dropping out with out finishing. Relatively Dire Tune did well, finishing in 15th place.
Another poor performance was in the Men's 1500m and Women's 1500m where no one managed to advance to the finals.
Ethiopia has sent a total of 36 athletes plus a boxer to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Boxer Getachew Molla was disqualified for not meeting the weight requirement before he even enters the ring. The team participated in both Men's and Women's 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, 10,000m and Marathon. Ethiopia was able to sweep the gold medals in 5000m, and 10,000m confirming its supremacy in long distance running.
Overall, Beijing Olympics has been quite successful for Team Ethiopia, what do you think?
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Olympic Medals By Year since 1960.
|2008||Kenenisa Bekele||Gold||5000m||Beijing||2008||Sileshi Sihine||Silver||10,000m||Beijing|
|1980||Eshetu Tura||Bronze||3000m Steeplechase||Moscow|
|1968||Mamo Wolde||Gold||Marathon||Mexico City|
|1968||Mamo Wolde||Silver||10,000m||Mexico City|
Medal Table for African countries
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Ethiopian born Maryam Yusuf Jamal wins 1500 metres gold for Bahrain
Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal has grabbed her first world gold medal in women's 1,500 meters after beating her Russian rival Yelena Soboleva.
The Ethiopian-born Jamal struck for home with 300 meters to go but Soboleva stayed with her; however, it was Jamal who first crossed the line in three minutes 58.75 seconds.
This year's world leader, Soboleva, followed Jamal in 3:58.99 and Ukraine's Iryna Lishchynska got the bronze, timing 4:00.69.
Jamal's victory over Soboleva was a milestone for her who could win Russia, the country, which held sway in the event claiming the three previous gold medals.
Jamal has completed her successful series, following her previous victories in Oslo, Lausanne and Monaco.
The 11th IAAF World Athletics Championships were held in Osaka, Japan.
Ethiopia's Defar wins first world 5,000 title
By Nick Mulvenney
OSAKA, Japan, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Olympic champion and world record holder Meseret Defar clinched her first world title with a decisive victory in the 5,000 metres on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was left as the overwhelming favourite for the race after team mate Tirunesh Dibaba decided to skip the 5,000 metres because of illness following her 10,000 metres triumph.
Biding her time in the humid conditions, Defar took the lead on the penultimate lap and kicked on the final run down the back straight to leave the field for dead, crossing the line in 14 minutes 57.91 seconds.
"In Osaka, I am the world champion and it feels great," Defar, who is taking part in her third worlds, told reporters.
"It was a very slow race and it was an easy race for me."
Vivian Cheruiyot was second in 14.58.50 with her fellow Kenyan Priscah Jepleting Cherono pipping a third compatriot, Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet, at the line for bronze in 14.59.21.
Defar finished with silver in this event in Helsinki two years ago when Dibaba did the 5,000 and 10,000 metres double but would have fancied her chances in any case having set a new world mark of 14:16.63 in June.
"Tirunesh is a very strong athlete and a good competitor for me," Defar said.
"I am sorry she is sick and not here. But she is the 10,000m champion and I am the 5,000m world champion so that is good."
Japan's Kayoko Fukushi set off at the front and the rest of the field seemed to content to let her set a slow pace in the heat of the Osaka evening.
Defar sat in second place until the local hope faded just before the 3,000m mark and Cheruiyot took up the running with a brace of her compatriots in attendance.
Defar finally hit the front with her team mate Meselech Melkamu a lap before the bell as the field trailed right across the track looking for space to make a move.
Challengers came and went but Defar just upped the pace until, with 200 metres to go, she hit her finishing stride and streaked away to victory.
"I am so excited about my silver medal," said Cheruiyot, who is also 23.
"These are my first world championships ... I was expecting second because Meseret is very strong, especially on the last lap."
Kibet, who ran a personal best for fourth place, should have had bronze but changed down too early and lost out to the fast-finishing Cherono by half a step.
Ethiopia - Defar spearheads Ethiopia's 5,000 medal sweep bid
Wed Aug 29, 10:38 AM ET
OSAKA, Japan (AFP) -
Olympic champion and world-record holder Meseret Defar produced a powerful sprint finish to spearhead Ethiopia into the 5,000-metre final at the World Athletics Championships on Wednesday.
Defar led an Ethiopian one-two with Meselech Melkamu in the second qualifying heat after teammate Gelete Burika finished fourth in the first heat ahead of the final n Saturday.
In the absence of teammate Tirunesh Dibaba, who abandoned her bid for a third straigth 5,000m title with stomach pain after winning the 10,000m, Defar is leading Ethiopia's campaign to sweep the medals as they did in 2005.
The 23-year-old clocked 15min 10.13sec in a slow race with Melkamu second in 15:10.32 and Kenyan Prisca Jepleting third in 15:11.22.
In the first heat, Ethiopian-born Elvan Abeylegesse, who runs for Turkey and finished second to Dibaba in the 10,000m, came first in 15:06.26 with a Kenyan duo of Vivian Cheruiyot and Sylvia Kibet following home in 15:06.54 each.
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Burika timed 15:07.21.
"It's very hot and humid and a little bit difficult to run a fast race," said Defar, who lowered her own 5,000m world record by nearly eight seconds to 14min 16.63sec at the June 15 Bislett Games in Oslo.
"I want to win this event. The Ethiopian girls are very strong and the Kenyan, Vivian, is also strong," Defar added, regretting the pullout of her arch-rival Dibaba whom she described as a "strong, strong athlete."
Melkamu also missed Dibaba in the Ethiopian 5,000m squad.
"If Tiruneth had been here, it would have been good for us," she said.
Jessica Augusto of Portugal led Defar's group for the first 4,000 metres before Britain's Joanne Pavey overtook her in the seven-woman front pack.
Defar, who had stayed close in the leader's slipstream, spurted ahead into the back straight on the final lap, leading Melkamu to the finish.
Cheruiyot, 23, who ran close to Defar's world mark in Oslo this year, said: "I'm aware Defar has a strong kick. Maybe we will kick together."
Top Ethiopian distance runner Dibaba pulls out of 5,000m
Tue 28 Aug, 11:57 AM
OSAKA, Japan (AFP) - Reigning world champion Tirunesh Dibaba pulled out of the women's 5,000 metres with stomach pain on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second consecutive distance double.
Dibaba, whose gripping come-from-behind 10,000m win has been a highlight of the world championships, had earlier warned that she was in doubt.
Ethiopia will now be represented by the formidable trio of Meseret Defar, Meselech Melkamu and Gelete Burka.
"I am confident that Meseret, Gelete and Meselech will run very well," said Dibaba through a statement issued by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation.
On Saturday, Dibaba became the first woman to defend the 10,000m title and was on course for a unique double double -- 5,000m and 10,000m at consecutive world championships.
But she has long been troubled by stomach cramps on her right side and fought through the pain barrier as she battled back from last in the 10,000m.
"I've had cramps on and off since I ran cross-country last year so I want to see how it is. It bothered me in the 10,000m and I can still feel it," she told reporters earlier.
"I've already got four gold medals in the world championships and the pain is really going to be the thing that I'm going to decide on after training."
Dibaba's withdrawal opens the door for fierce rival Defar, the Olympic champion and world record-holder.
"If Tirunesh had been in competition it would have been tougher," Defar said.
Dibaba's first world title was over 5,000m in 2003. On Saturday, she stumbled to 50m behind but showed astonishing grit to recover for the win.