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Monday, October 29, 2012

Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu wins the women and Kenya’s Makau wins the men Frankfurt Marathon - - Ayyaantuu News Online

Meselech Melkamu of Ethopia cheers after winning the women’s race of the Frankfurt Marathon

Patrick Makau won the Frankfurt marathon in cold and sunny conditions but failed to break his world record on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Kenyan crossed the line in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 8 seconds.
Makau was hoping to challenge his world-best mark of 2:03:38 set in Berlin 13 months ago. “My legs weren’t good today, they weren’t reacting but I found strength in the end,” said Makau, who took the lead for the first time with 1:56:40 on the clock after overtaking Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia.
Chimsa had made a break from the lead group after the 30 kilometer mark but was unable to find a response as Makau looked back, and had to settle for second in 2:06:52. The 2009 winner, Gilbert Kirwa of Kenya, was third in 2:07:35, with compatriot Peter Some fourth, and Bazu Worku of Ethiopia fifth, in the 31st edition of Germany’s oldest city marathon.
On her marathon debut, Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:21:01, a course record. Kenyan Georgina Rono finished second in 2:21:39, with defending champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia third in 2:23:52.
Bezunesh Bekele of Ethiopia and Agnes Barsosio of Kenya were fourth and fifth, respectively.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Results Sunday from the Frankfurt Marathon:
1. Patrick Makau, Kenya, 2:06:08.
2. Deressa Chimsa Edea, Ethiopia, 2:06:52.
3. Gilbert Kirwa, Kenya, 2:07:35.
4. Peter Kimeli Some, Kenya, 2:08:29.
5. Bazu Worku, Ethiopia, 2:08:35.
6. Albert Matebor, Kenya, 2:08:57.
7. Victor Kipchirchir, Kenya, 2:09:16.
8. Shume Hailu Legesse, Ethiopia, 2:10:03.
9. Tola Bane, Ethiopia, 2:11:01.
10. Isaias Habtemicael Beyn, Eritrea, 2:11:56.
1. Meselech Melkamu, Ethiopia, 2:21:01.
2. Georgina Rono, Kenya, 2:21:39.
3. Mamitu Daska, Ethiopia, 2:23:52.
4. Bezunesh Bekele, Ethiopia, 2:23:58.
5. Agnes Jeruto Barsosio, Kenya, 2:24:27.
6. Zemzem Ahmed, Ethiopia, 2:27:16.
7. Iwona Lewandowska, Poland, 2:28:36.
8. Lisa Hahner, Germany, 2:31:32.
9. Tetyana Vernyhor, Ukraine, 2:33:51.
10. Bertone Catherine, Italy, 2:34:58.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Melbourne Cup money comes for a HORES NAMED Ethiopia

Melbourne Cup money comes for Ethiopia


Patrick Bartley

Ethiopa has firmed from $26 to $17 to win the Cup.
Ethiopa has firmed from $26 to $17 to win the Cup.Photo: Getty Images
THE first tangible clue that local stayer Ethiopia will progress from today's $3 million Cox Plate to start in the Melbourne Cup in 10 days came after a significant flow of money came for the four-year-old to win Australia's premier staying event.
Ethiopa, who won the Australian Derby in April this year, has firmed from $26 to $17 to win the Cup, with one Oaks-Melbourne Cup feature double of $570,000 to a $1000 bracketing Ethiopia with stablemate Gondokoro recorded with Centrebet.
Alan Eskander, the principal of Betstar, said that in the past 24 hours the flow of money for Ethiopia to keep the Melbourne Cup in Australia had been in stark contrast for the support for the internationals.
''It's a combination of two factors. Firstly he must be going well, with the Cox Plate a race that will just top him off for the Melbourne Cup, and secondly the horse is assured of a run in the Cup while some others from here and overseas are far from certain starters,'' Eskander said yesterday.
''He showed in Sydney when he just joined in over the final stages and trounced his rivals that he is a serious racehorse. I know we are waiting to see how he comes through the Cox Plate but the sheer weight of money is a pointer to him being in good shape.''
Trainer Pat Carey said yesterday the best indication would be that it's the owner's money.
Carey said at the outset of the spring carnival that he would adopt a conservative approach to Ethiopia's campaign and has repeatedly said that he would not over burden the four-year-old.
Carey always maintained that Australian stayers such as Ethiopia always faced an uphill battle against the fully seasoned overseas stayers, and believed that seasoning only came with patience.
On Tuesday morning, Ethiopia looked very strong galloping at Moonee Valley with jockey Rhys McLeod in the saddle.
McLeod, who also rode the horse in the Australian Derby, is keen to have the horse settle in the early stages of today's Cox Plate.
''As long as he's got a clear run from the half-mile onwards he's got a good chance,'' McLeod said.
''He's come back this time in a much stronger, better horse.
''I think he's in this race right up to his ears.''
The strongest threat, according to McLeod, will be the Turnbull Stakes winner Green Moon.
''It's a very classy field. I really like Green Moon. He's a strong stayer,'' McLeod said. ''The three-year-olds, I like too - 2000 metres is a bit of a question mark on them, but if they can step up they'll be hard to beat.''

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/melbourne-cup-money-comes-for-ethiopia-20121026-28b7b.html#ixzz2AQHEL0Bn

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wounded veterans inspire at 28th Army Ten-Miler - Sports - Stripes

Wounded Warrior athletes

ARLINGTON, Va. — Eight years ago, Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class Johnathan Holsey lost his left leg after an IED hit his convoy in Ramadi, Iraq. He never thought he’d be where he is today: running long-distance races with the help of a carbon-fiber prosthetic.

“I used to always say if I could run more than two miles, I’d be happy,” said Holsey, who finished his fifth Army Ten-Miler race Sunday at the Pentagon.
Under a clear sky, Holsey was among more than 30,000 runners who wound their way from the Pentagon through downtown Washington D.C. and back again in the race, now in its 28th year.
“I never ran the Army Ten-Miler or anything of this distance before I got injured,” said Holsey, 39, who is stationed in Belgium. “When you look at the fact that I’ve done more after my injury than I did before, it just shows you how things you overcome can also empower you to be stronger and make you seek things that you probably never would have thought about doing.”
By being able to run 10 months after he lost his leg and then go on to compete in several races, Holsey hopes that he will be able to inspire other wounded veterans facing a difficult recovery process.

“I was where you were one day. And you’re going to be where I’m at one day,” Holsey said. “So just never give up and keep moving forward. It’s not over. Just keep going.”

Seeing wounded warriors such as Holsey able to compete and finish the race served as inspiration even for race winner Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayehu of Ethiopia.

“I’m very glad (to be) running with the wounded warriors,” Alemayehu, 28, said. “It’s great to be here. I’m proud of them.”

Alemayehu was running on Team I Run 4 God (IR4G), which was competing in honor of a team member’s relative who has been hospitalized with traumatic brain injury.

The relative, who’s been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for two years, was able to attend the race and was moved to tears, said Lt. Col. (Ret.) Sue Bozgoz, coach of IR4G.

“To run in honor of the soldier, especially a team member’s soldier, gives them hope,” Bozgoz  said. “If we can give them hope, that’s all that matters.”

And participating in the race was just a small way to show support for the troops, said Kerri Gallagher, 23, of Washington D.C., who took first place in the women’s division.

“They couldn’t do more for this country,” Gallagher said. “If it’s a little thing like running 10 miles to give back, or even just show my support, then I’m happy to do it.”

Alemayehu finished at 47:48, while Gallagher came in at 56:09, according to unofficial results on the race's website.

John Faulkenberry of Fort Sam Houston came in first for the men's Wounded Warriors division at 1:03:45, while Scot Seiss won the hand cycle division at 29:44. Lisa-Marie Wiley of Fort Sam Houston was the only runner in the women's Wounded Warriors division, finishing at 1:32:35. Stefan Leroy of Bethesda won the women's hand cycle division at 36:42 and Chandra Gaeth of Elliot City, Md. won the wheelchair division at 56:52, according to the unofficial results.
The Army teams that flew in from overseas to compete faced some challenges in being able to train together, as team members were scattered all across the theaters.
The 6-man, 6-woman team from U.S. Army in Europe all ran together for the first time at the race, after training separately by running up to 60 miles a week.
“We’re so spread out, we never got to train as a group,” said Sgt. Maj. Christian Carr, 37, who is stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. “So (other teams) are a lot more competitive. But it went well.”
The race was the first Army Ten-Miler for 1st Lt. Daniel Bates, 22, a member of the U.S. Army in Korea team, whose five-man, three-woman team members needed to run 10 miles in less than 70 minutes to qualify.
“It was awesome,” said Bates, who is stationed in Daegu and had made it a personal goal this year to make the team. “It’s one of the biggest races that you can do in the Army. It’s got so much history. A lot of my mentors in the military have run it, and some of them have run it really well. So I’m trying to hold up my end of it.”

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New dawn for Ethiopia after Nations Cup qualification- BBC Sport

South Africa's Morgan Gould (L) and  Ethiopia's Saladin Said during World Cup qualifier in June
20 October 2012Last updated at 12:40 GMT

New dawn for Ethiopia after Nations Cup qualification

To aim high sometimes pays dividends. Ethiopia were busy planning how to qualify for their first ever World Cup in 2014. Now they are celebrating a return to the Africa Cup of Nations after a wait of three decades.
The Waliya Antelopes are top of Group A in the African zone of World Cup qualifiers, but reaching the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa marks a new dawn for the country.
The Ethiopians beat Sudan 2-0 in Addis Ababa last Sunday to qualify for their first continental finals since 1982 on the away goals rule, after the tie had ended 5-5 on aggregate.

Ethiopia's Nations Cup history

  • Hosted: 1962, 1968, 1976
  • Champions: 1962
  • Runners-up: 1957
  • Participated: 1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1982
If the celebrations in Meskel Square in the heart of Addis Ababa were anything to go by, then it is clear that 85 million Ethiopians are ready to reclaim their lost heritage as one of the pioneers of the African game when they play in their 10th finals since 1957.
"We've made it due to the hard work and unity in the squad," coach Sewnet Bishaw told BBC Sport.
"We trained very well and the players were highly disciplined. This has helped us to be successful.
"I was always confident. We made silly mistakes in Sudan and also, due to some refereeing errors, gifted them with two late penalties, but I always knew we could make it."
Amid the celebration, some Ethiopians would be forgiven for forgetting that their national team are former African champions. More than half of the current population was not yet born when the Antelopes won the Nations Cup in 1962.
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Clubs will now start to focus on youth football. This will spread to every corner of the country and football will bring everybody together
Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw
Fifty years ago, they were among the most feared sides on the continent, playing in the first seven Nations Cup tournaments, beating sides like Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Algeria without much effort.
That dominance, which produced the likes of Menguistou Worku, Luciano and Vitalo Vassalo, may now have been revived.
In June, they drew 1-1 away with South Africa, after taking the lead in a World Cup qualifier. That performance caused Ethiopian fans to sit up, put aside their obsession with the big European leagues and take notice of the national team once again.
Bishaw believes that qualification for South Africa will change the attitudes of the country's footballing community.
"Everybody is happy after this qualification," he said.
"Clubs will now start to focus on youth football. This will spread to every corner of the country and football will bring everybody together."
Ethiopia's short passing game, combined with individual flair and self-conviction, is the cocktail concocted by coach Bishaw.
His largely home-based side is now endowed with tremendous self-belief, not least the previously shaky but now ever-reliable goalkeeper Sisay Banchabasa.
Saladin Sahid, who scored the vital second goal against Sudan, is the only member of the side who plays outside Ethiopia - for the Egyptian Premier League side Wadi Degla. His goals have made him a household name.
According to the Ethiopian calendar, 11 September 2012 was New Year's Day welcoming 2005. The previous year had ended dramatically with the double mourning of the former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, Pope Abun Paulos, both of whom passed away within days of each other.
But the Antelopes and their fans can now find consolation, as their New Year has begun with one of Ethiopia's biggest successes in half a century.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cape Verde oust Cameroon, Ethiopia also qualify AFP:

Cape Verde oust Cameroon, Ethiopia also qualify
JOHANNESBURG — Cape Verde Islands secured a place at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time Sunday and former champions Ethiopia are back in the big time after a 30-year absence.
The much-hyped return of striker and captain Samuel Eto'o helped four-time champions Cameroon to a 2-1 home win over Cape Verde, but a 3-2 aggregate loss means a second consecutive failure to reach the African football showcase.
Alula Girma and Saladin Seid scored within three minutes during the second half in Addis Ababa to earn Ethiopia a 2-0 victory over Sudan and a ticket to South Africa next January on away goals after a 5-5 aggregate deadlock.
An early Antonio Pereira goal was just what Cape Verde needed to settle the nerves in the intimidating cauldron of a packed 60,000-seat Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde.
Achille Emana levelled soon after and there was relentless Indomitable Lions second-half pressure, including an Eto'o attempt that rebounded off the woodwork, but all they had to show for it was a late Fabrice Olinga goal.
Eto'o was back after a year of international inactivity due to an eight-month ban imposed by the national football federation for instigating a bonus-related boycott of a friendly in Algeria.
He also refused to turn up for the first leg in Cape Verde last month, labelling the national squad "amateurish and badly managed", and his absence contributed to the worst day in Cameroonian football.
Portuguese-speaking Cape Verde is an archipelago off the coast of Senegal with a population of just 500,000, and the national squad consists mainly of footballers at unfashionable European clubs.
The qualification of the Ethiopian Black Lions confirmed a recent upsurge of fortunes that has seen them lead a 2014 World Cup qualifying group after holding South Africa away and defeating Central African Republic at home.
They also won on away goals against Benin in the first elimination round for the 2013 Cup of Nations and now return to a tournament they won for the only time 50 years ago.
Sudan won a goal-flush first encounter 5-3 thanks to a late Mohamed Al Tahir brace and were barely troubled during the opening half at the national stadium in the heart of the Ethiopian capital.
As the hour mark passed without a goal it was looking good for the visitors, and then Girma and Egypt-based Seid turned the match on its head to the delight of a sell-out 30,000 crowd.
Former Manchester United signing Manucho Goncalves scored twice in the early minutes in Luanda to secure a 2-0 win for Angola over Zimbabwe, overall victory on away goals after a 3-3 tie, and a fifth consective Africa Cup appearance.
Niger left it much later to upset Guinea 2-0 and squeeze through on aggregate after a solitary-goal first leg loss with Mohamed Chikoto and Issoufou Garba netting in the closing stages.
Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham was on target for Togo in a 2-1 win over 2012 co-hosts Gabon, who were held at home in the first leg. Wome Dove was the other Togolese marksman and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a late consolation goal.