Saturday, August 30, 2008

Final thoughts

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.

Heroes Welcome

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 storms to Olympic double

Tirunesh Dibaba
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

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The battle of civilizations: Ethiopia vs China continues

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. .

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Tirinesh on YouTube

Zemzem Ahmed Beko

Zemzem Ahmed Beko Photo- BEIJING - AUGUST 15: Zemzem Ahmed Deko of Ethiopia walks off as... Getty Images - Friday August 15, 01:43 PM.
I love this picture. The Ethiopian looks like she is ready for the second heat.