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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Netsanet Gudeta & Atsedu Tsegay Win at the Great Ethiopian 10km Run | East Africa News

Netsanet Gudeta and Atsedu Tsegay became the new champions at the Great Ethiopian Run 10km in Addis Ababa on Sunday, according to the report by iaaf.org.
Both runners had to work hard for their victories on a tough new course in the northern part of the Ethiopian capital around the Jan Meda Race Ground.
The changes in start and finish location from its traditional venue in Meskel Square had been forced upon the organizers as a result of road and rail construction work in the city.
Tsegay won the 13th edition of the race in a time of 29:21, the slowest winning time since Gebregziabher Gebremariam won in 2002.
However, the winning time didn’t matter to Tsegay, who fought hard over the second part of the course to claw back a 10-metre deficit over a hilly section of the route between 6km and 9km.
A group of 11 passed the halfway mark in 13:38, after the leading pack was gradually whittled down to five by 6km and three by 7km.
At this point 2013 Boston Marathon champ Lelisa Desisa started to struggle. Indicative of the new undulating route, the final 3km metres were covered in 9:31 compared with the opening 3km of 8:18, and the last three kilometres turned into a war of attrition, as Tsegay took the lead just before the 9km point as he headed back up the final hill past Menelik Hospital and along the edge of Jan Meda.
Tsegay, continuing the tradition of a different man winning every year, came home four seconds clear of Adugna Tekele, with Hunegnaw Mesfin a further three seconds back.
In the women’s race, Netsanet Gudeta ran a clever tactical race which saw her overhaul long-time race leader Atsede Bayissa at the 7km point.
Bayissa stormed through the first 5km in 15:08 but could only manage 18:42 over the race’s second half as she drifed back to third. By comparison, Gudeta’s splits were 15:20 and 18:03 and she crossed the line in 33:23. Tadelech Bekele ran strongly over the final two kilometres to take second in 33:44.
Gudeta, who hails from the small town of Bekoji which has produced the likes of Kenenisa Bekele, Derartu Tulu and Tirunesh Dibaba, only requested a start number on the day before the race after deciding that her good form from her recent Coca Cola Series win in Addis Ababa back in September was still there.
Gudeta is part of a training group which also includes last year’s Great Ethiopian Run champion Aberu Kebede, Aselefech Mergia, Sule Utura and Koreni Jelila.
An estimated 30,000 runners finished the race. Kenya’s recently crowned World Marathon Majors champion Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya joined former champions Haile Gebrselassie, Tsegaye Kebede and Gebremariam Gebregziabiher in presenting the prizes.
It is to be remembered that the Great Ethiopian Run has been the first winner of the AIMS social award. AIMS(Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) had presented the award, which highlights races working towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, to the successful Ethiopian 10km race during the first AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala Dinner on 8 November 2013 in Athens, Greece.
The eight Millennium Development Goals include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, combatting disease, decreasing child mortality, promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and ensuring environmental stability.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Terrorist threat forces Kathryn to cancel Ethiopia charity run - Herald.ie

Kathryn Thomas. Picture: Brian McEvoy

OPERATION Transformation host Kathryn Thomas was forced to pull out of the Great Ethiopian Run after al-Shabaab terrorists threatened to sabotage the charity event.

Kathryn (34) was due to travel to Africa last week and run 10k to raise money for Self Help Africa.
But the Carlow native had to cancel her flight after the charity advised participants not to travel for the run.
She told the Herald: "I've travelled to Ethiopia and to Addis Ababa before and I think it's a great place and city – I've always been happy and felt safe travelling there.
"But the al-Shabaab terrorists were responsible for the Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, so the organisers had to take things seriously.
"Ethiopia has been on high alert since those two suicide bombers blew themselves up before Ethiopia's World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria."
Kathryn added organisers were particularly conscious after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier in the year. "They really had to alert participants to the danger and advise them not to travel," she said.
"The event wasn't cancelled but Self Help Africa had to warn everyone about it."
Despite the alert, several Irish participants made their way to Ethiopia. The hard core marathon men and women ran a different race in Hawass, several hours south of Addis Ababa, and dubbed it 'The Alternative Great Ethiopia Run'.
Kathryn added: "I'm delighted the other participants ran an alternate race and the event was a success despite everything.
"It was obviously a disappointment. It's the biggest run in the city – over 40,000 take part – but these things happen and safety is always a priority."
Kathryn is currently down in Cork filming the next series of Operation Transformation. But despite being in a different continent, she made sure to make a contribution to the 10k run.
So she threw on a pair of sneakers and hit the pavements in the south.
She revealed: "We did a 10k run down in Cork to make up for it.
"I was going to run it on the same day but I was travelling so did it the following day."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nigeria qualifies for 2014 World Cup with win over Ethiopia 4-1 - Soccer - SI.com

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John Obi Mikel and Nigeria became the first African team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
John Obi Mikel and Nigeria became the first African team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
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CALABAR, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria qualified for the World Cup on Saturday, continuing an outstanding year for the team after it won the African title for the first time in nearly a decade.
Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a 4-1 aggregate victory.
Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigeria's place in Brazil with his goal in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. It's the team's second straight World Cup.
Ethiopia was trying to reach its first World Cup after unexpectedly reaching the playoffs ahead of 2010 host South Africa.
Ethiopia's Aynalem Hailu was penalized for handball inside 20 minutes for Nigeria's penalty after the ball bounced up off his chest and hit his arm. Obinna scored from a free kick soon after arriving as a substitute to seal Nigeria's qualification.
Nigeria took the first of five African places at next year's tournament.
Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast plays Senegal in the decisive leg of their playoff later Saturday in neutral Morocco. Ivory Coast won the first leg 3-1.
In the three remaining African playoffs, Cameroon and Tunisia are level after a 0-0 draw in Tunisia and Burkina Faso leads Algeria 3-2 ahead of their second-leg games on Sunday. Egypt hosts Ghana on Tuesday needing a major upset to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after Ghana won the first leg 6-1.
If Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana qualify, Africa will be represented by the same five teams that made it to South Africa's World Cup.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The 2013 New York City Marathon: By the Numbers

Ethiopia: Tsegaye Kebede Wins U.S. $560,000 in World Marathon Major

Ethiopia's marathon runner Tsegaye Kebede finished second at Sunday's ING New York City Marathon finishing in 2:09:16 after Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai. He won $60,000 for the race and clinched the 2012-13 World Marathon Majors title, earning additional $500,000 prize money.
"It is not easy to win the World Marathon Majors, but this is my dream," Kebede said.
Tsegaye finished in first place for the 2012-13 World Marathon Major with a total point of 75. Five big-city marathons--in London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, and New York--plus the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships make up the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors series, in which professional athletes vie for points over a two-season cycle leading to a grand, winner-take-all prize of $500,000 for the top man and top woman.
Results from the Tokyo Marathon, which joined the group this year, will begin to count for the prize in the 2013-2014 series. Points are awarded to the top 5 male and female finishers (1st 25; 2nd 15; 3rd 10; 4th 5 and 5th 1) in the races over a two-year period. The leader at the end of the series is awarded US$500 000.
Tsegaye became the first man to place in the top five of three WMM races in a single year. In April he won the London Marathon and in August was fourth at the World Championships.
He has also scored in at least two WMM events per year for a record five consecutive years.
Tsegaye has finished in the top three of a WMM event 10 times, equaling the modern record of Martin Lel. His total point score of 181 is the best since WMM competition began in 2006.
Tsegaye has recorded 14 marathon times under 2 hours 10 minutes, tying him with Jaouad Gharib for the best total ever.

Monday, November 4, 2013

New York City Marathon 2013: Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya celebrates his first place win in the men's division of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Geoffrey Mutai, 32, of Kenya has won the 2013 NYC Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:08:24 with room to spare. Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebedecame in second at  2:09:15.
“Today it was a very tough race. To win a race for the first time is easy, to defend your title is not easy,” he told ABC 7 after his win. He said the winds were hard to run against.  He said it is important to “respect yourself as an athlete.”
Priscah Jeptoo, 29, of Kenya has won for the women’s division with an unofficial time of 2:25:07. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia came in second with a time of 2:25:57. 
“I am very happy to be in New York for the first time,” Jeptoo said. “This means a lot to me.”

Men’s Results

Official times for the men’s title. (Screenshot/ABC7)
 Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya: 2:08:24
Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopia: 2:09:16
Lusapho April, South Africa: 2:09:45
Julius Arile, Kenya: 2:10:03
Stanley Biwott, Kenya: 2:10:41
Masato Imai, Japan: 2:10:45
Jackson Kiprop, Uganda: 2:10:56
Peter Cheruiyot Kirui, Kenya: 2:11:23
Wesley Korir, Kenya: 2:11:34
Daniele Meucci, Italy: 2:12:03

Women’s Results

Official times for the women’s title. (Screenshot/ABC7)
Priscah Jeptoo, Kenya: 2:24:07
Buzunesh Deba, United States (NY): 2:25:56
Jelena Prokopcuka, Latvia: 2:27:47
Christelle Daunay, France: 2:28:14
Valeria Straneo, Italy: 2:28:22
Kim Smith, United States (RI): 2:28:49
Sabrina Mockenhaupt, Germany: 2:29:10
Tigist Tufa Demisse, United States (NY): 2:29:24
Edna Kiplagat, Kenya: 2:30:04
Diane Nukuri-Johnson, Unites States (IA): 2:30:09
It is Jeptoo’s first time in the New York City Marathon. She told New York Road Runners (NYRR) before the race: “I’ll try to use my tactics usually that I use when I’m in the race, but you know this is my first time to be here. So I’ll try to also to run good.” She is a 2012 London Olympic marathon silver medalist.
Mutai told NYRR he couldn’t compare this race to the 2011 NYC Marathon, which he won:  ”I’m feeling okay. The only thing I can compare with it is after the race because to compare is not easy. You cannot test shape by talking about it until after.” 
Mutai broke a world marathon-running record in 2011 with his time of 2:05:06. Mutai coaches himself and other runners in small-town Kenya. He is a father of two and has 10 siblings.
Buzunesh Deba, a New Yorker born in Ethiopia was leading the women and was ahead of Jeptoo by as much as three minutes half way through the race. She vomited, showing signs of weakening coming up on the 20th mile, where they say the race really begins, though vomiting is not uncommon in marathons. Jeptoo pulled ahead in the last two miles to win.
Heading into the marathon Sunday, the two top favorites for the women’s run were Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat and Jeptoo. But Deba was also thought to have a good chance. She would have been the first New Yorker in 39 years to win. She was four seconds shy in 2011, finishing the race in 23 minutes and 15 seconds.
Firehitwot Dado of Ethiopia pulled ahead of her in that race, winning the women’s title.  
Kiplagat told New York Road Runners: “This is one of the best courses. It’s not a flat course. It needs a lot of strategy and a lot of mental strength. And I’m happy when I’m on it. It’s still very fresh in my mind, the whole course. I’m confident I can win on Sunday.”
With the temperature in the low 30s, it’s a chilly day for the spectators, and the runners faced a headwind. Some 2 million spectators followed their progress along the 26.2-mile course running through New York City’s five boroughs. The runners are not the only stars, with more than 135 bands and performers playing from the sidelines. 
Security is tight. NYPD chief Ray Kelly has said the security planning began on April 16th, just after the Boston Marathon bombing. A new standard has been set for marathon security. Thousands of cameras are in place, 43 bomb-sniffing dogs are making the rounds, and Kelly reports that no specific threats have been identified. 
With more than 30 Olympians mingling on the course with amateur runners, totaling some 50,000 in all, the New York City Marathon brings together a diverse crowd. 
After the annual marathon was cancelled last year due to Superstorm Sandy, this year’s marathon doubles as a memorial for both the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the victims of Sandy. 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked spectators to remember the victims during an interview with ABC. He said, “It’s been a long time coming between this year and last year.”
Tatyana McFadden has won for the women’s wheelchair race. She already won the Boston, London, and Chicago marathons this year, making her the first to win all four major U.S. marathons in one calendar year. 
Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race. Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa came in second, and Kurt Fearnley of Australia came in third.
Check back for updates. 

Jeptoo Wins in a Sprint From Behind on Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia - NYTimes.com

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Priscah Jeptoo looking back while passing Buzunesh Deba on her way to winning the women's elite division of the New York City Marathon.
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Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya sprinted on the last leg to win the New York City Marathon women’s race on Sunday and take the World Marathon Majors series title.
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Priscah Jeptoo's splayed-legged style carried her to victory.

Around Mile 24, Jeptoo, 29, overcame Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, who had dominated most of the race. Jeptoo’s victory, in 2 hours 25 minutes 7 seconds, came with $600,000 in prizes for winning the race and the world majors title.
Deba, who finished 49 seconds behind Jeptoo, was seeking to become the first New York City resident to win the marathon since the race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976. After crossing the finish line, Deba was met by her husband and trainer, Worku Beyi, and knelt at the barrier, draped in the Ethiopian flag, visibly disappointed. She also finished second here in 2011.
“The crowd, they really helped me a lot because they were cheering, joyful, and also they were helping me, telling me, ‘You are closing the gap,’ ” Jeptoo said. “ ‘Go, go, go, move.’ So they helped me a lot.”
Deba added, “I’m so happy.”
But that was not necessarily the case during the race, as Deba coped with a chilly wind and stomach pains.
“She told me she was good from the beginning,” Beyi said at the finish line as Deba was escorted out of Central Park, flanked by security. “And there were no problems, but I think in those last two miles, she got tired. There was a lot of wind.”
Deba, 26, has called New York City home for eight years. She is from Asella, in the central region of Ethiopia, which has produced several distance-running titans. Many of her peers on the road Sunday had traveled to higher altitudes to train. Deba went to Albuquerque but soon returned to New York, citing homesickness.
She now lives in the Bronx, not far from the marathon course, and runs on the paths of Van Cortlandt and Central Parks. She opted to stay in a hotel in Manhattan over the weekend to be closer to race-related events.
Kenyan women were the prerace favorites, including Edna Kiplagat, the current world champion, and Jeptoo, the runner-up in the 2011 world championships and the 2012 London Olympics. But from the start, the race belonged to Deba and her training partner, Tigist Tufa, another Ethiopian.
To make ends meet in the United States, Deba worked as a babysitter and ran in her free time as she learned English, sometimes by watching the news on television. Beyi said that they still enjoy Ethiopian food with friends, but that Deba noshed on macaroni and chicken Saturday night and had bread and a banana for her race-day breakfast. She began to compete in marathons in 2009.
Using a bold strategy, Deba and Tufa led the race from the start, running miles at a 5-minute-40-second pace and creating a two-minute gap from the main pack by Mile 5. It was all according to plan, Deba said, for the two to lead strong and stay close to each other. The rest of the women ran at a slower pace, an indication of the headwinds on a crisp morning.
Deba and Tufa extended their lead as they blazed through Brooklyn and reached the halfway point, snaking toward Queens.
Later, Jeptoo said she had realized she was more than three minutes behind them.
“I knew, and I was having confidence that I will make it,” she said.
The Kenyan Mary Keitany used a strategy similar to Deba’s in the 2011 New York City Marathon. She held a significant lead at the halfway point but slowed drastically in the second half and was overtaken by Firehiwot Dado, the eventual winner, and Deba, four seconds behind. Keitany finished third.
On Sunday, however, Deba and Tufa ran slower than Keitany’s 2:23:38 in 2011. By the time Deba and Tufa crossed the lonely and quiet stretch over the Queensboro Bridgearound Mile 16, the race looked as if it belonged to them, with Jeptoo in third place about four minutes behind.
Although Deba said she started to feel persistent stomach cramps around Mile 8, she ran along First Avenue in Manhattan looking calm and collected. Jeptoo continued to push ahead and ultimately overtook Tufa at Mile 22. Tufa faded, finishing eighth in 2:29:24.
As Deba entered Central Park, she noticed Jeptoo over her shoulder, a few seconds behind. Deba’s face tightened, and Jeptoo bounded past her around Mile 24 and maintained the lead with her distinctive stride, legs splayed, flying in the face of what most biomechanists consider ideal for distance runners. But Jeptoo’s gait worked for her as she sprinted toward the finish line to a roar of cheers.
Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia, who won the race in 2005 and 2006, was third in 2:27:47. It was a strong showing for Prokopcuka, 37, who had not run here since 2007.
“I’m really happy because my dream has come true,” Prokopcuka said. “I really wanted to be on the podium.”
The top American woman was Adriana Nelson of Colorado, who finished 13th in 2:35:05.
Deba’s next goal, Beyi said, is to run the Boston Marathon in April. Although her second-place finish Sunday was not exactly what she had hoped for, Deba said she felt good about the race over all.
“Bronx is my home, and I’m so happy,” Deba said. “I want to say thank you, Bronx.”