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  • Almaz Ayana wins Female IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award 2016

    After setting a 10,000m world record on her way to winning Olympic gold, Almaz Ayana wins Female IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award 2016.

     

    Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, center right, and Ethiopian long-distance runner Almaz Ayana, hold their " 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards" , surrounded by Prince Albert II of Monaco, left, and the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe, during the 2016 World Athletics Gala Awards, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Monaco.


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  • World Record Holder Meseret Defar to Headline Women’s Race at Sunday’s Carlsbad 5000

     — The Ethiopian flags began to be unfurled about the time Meseret Defar rounded the corner, heading down the Carlsbad Village Drive finishing stretch. Then came the chants.

    “Messi number one! Messi number one!” cried a partying crowd of Ethiopians near the Carlsbad 5000 finish line.

    It had been six years since Defar, the two-time Olympic gold medalist at 5,000 meters, had raced at the seaside layout. But judging from her performance Sunday, the 95-pound whippet hasn’t forgotten her way around the downtown village.

    Defar, 32, sped to victory in the professional women’s race in 15 minutes flat. Average pace per mile: 4 minutes, 50 seconds. Caroline Kipkirui of Kenya finished second in 15:11.

    Source: sandiegouniontribune.com

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  • Tirunesh Dibaba Is “Training Well” And Planning On Going For Unprecedented 3rd Olympic 10,000 Gold In Rio

    No human being has ever won three Olympic 10,000 track and field gold medals, let alone three in a row, but Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba hopes to do just that in August at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Dibaba’s agent, Mark Wetmore, revealed today to LetsRun.com that Dibaba, who gave birth to a baby boy in Atlanta in March and hasn’t raced since May 2014, is planning on going for the Olympic three-peat come August.

    In response to an inquiry for an update on Dibaba’s status and plans for Rio, Wetmore wrote in part:

    Tirunesh is training well. The plan right now is the 10000m [not the marathon, at the Olympics]. She should run 1-2 indoor races and then prepare for the 10000m early in the outdoor season.

    Going for gold in the 10,000 makes a lot of sense as the 30-year-old Dibaba has only run one marathon in her career (a 2:20:35 3rd place showing in London in 2014) and she’s undefeated at 10,000 for her life. At 10,000, she’s a perfect 11 for 11, with five of those wins earning a global gold (3 World, 2 Olympic) and six times she’s run under 30:30, including one sub-30:00.

    source: letsrun.com

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  • Ethiopian Origin Gedion Make a Good Start for Rangers

    The Bleacher Report said it is not a bad bit of company to be in for the starlet. He had two assists in his first match with the club, a 5-0 win over Airdrie. On  his introductory press conference, when a reporter asked Zelalem about the comparisons he's drawn with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Andres Iniesta and Xavi he responded politely.  “It's obviously great being compared to Pirlo. But I still have a long way to go to be at the same level as them. I definitely think I will reach that level. ” Here is the full report. 

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