Saturday, August 30, 2008
As far as I am concerned, Ethiopia has a total of 8 medals, inlcuding 3 gold, and 3 silver medals and 1 bronze. This is made possible thanks to Turnesh Dibaba (2G), Kenenisa Bekele (2G), Seleshi Shine (1S), Elvan Abayneshlegese (2S) and Meseret Defar (1B). I am expectinjg that we will win Marathon.
Ethiopia welcomes Olympics stars (Read BBC)
The victorious team were given a heroes' welcome in Addis Ababa
Thousands of cheering Ethiopians have lined the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, to welcome home the country's Olympic gold-medal winning athletes.
Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi was at the airport to greet the team, led by Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba, both of whom won two golds at Beijing.
The team was led from the airport in open-topped cars past ecstatic crowds. Ethiopia traditionally excels at long-distance running and finished 18th overall in the Olympic medal table. The country's athletes brought home from Beijing four gold, one silver and two bronze medals, dramatically improving on their haul at Athens four years ago, when they finished 28th. The airport reception for the athletes was followed by a larger ceremony at Addis Ababa's 30,000-seater National Stadium.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Dibaba storms to Olympic double
Dibaba adds another gold medal to her collection
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba made it an Olympic double after winning the 5,000m on Friday in the Bird's Nest.
A week after winning the 10,000m, Dibaba sprinted to victory ahead of Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse and defending champion Meseret Defar.
After a sluggish start with nobody willing to push the pace, Dibaba took the lead with two laps remaining to finish with a time of 15:41.40 secs.
It is the first time a female runner has won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.Read more on BBC
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Today Ethiopia won two medals Gold and Silver, thanks to Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine. Kenenisa hit the front 450m from the finish and crossed in 27 minutes, 1.17 seconds to beat the record he set four years ago. Sihine, who was second at the Athens Olympics and at the last two world championships, took silver in 27:02.77. .