Grandma’s Marathon men: Worku wins, but weather cools shot at record

A Grandma’s Marathon men’s course record was all but assured Saturday morning along the North Shore. Course record holder Dick Beardsley said it was a certainty. Not so fast. The weather: 55 degrees, east wind, overcast, some fog. The men’s field: one of the best assembled in the 37 years of Grandma’s Marathon. A course […]

Ethiopian Tolossa Gedefa Fufi wins men’s field in debut Bay to Breakers run

Tolossa Gedefa (Photo:baytobreakers.com) San Francisco, CA – An up-and-coming runner from Ethiopia conquered his first Bay to Breakers and Olympian Ryan Hall placed as high as any American since 1986. Tolossa Gedefa Fufi, 23, won the men’s field in the 102nd Craigslist Bay to Breakers on Sunday, finishing the 12-kilometer race through the heart of The City in […]

Assefa, Deba Complete Ethiopian Sweep At Bloomsday

Buzunesh Deba (Photorun.net) Spokane, Washington – Belete Assefa, 22, of Ethiopa used a huge kick at the end to win the elite men’s race at Bloomsday. Assefa became the first Ethiopian to win Bloomsday. Nearing the seven-mile mark, though, Assefa was trailing Emmanuel Bett of Kenya, before he turned on the jets and won the race with a […]

Boston Marathon Blasts Kill 2, Police Say

Deriba Merga Boston Marathon BOSTON — A series of explosions was reported near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, leaving two people dead and at least two dozen injured, according to the Boston Police Department. A third explosion was heard just before 4 p.m., about an hour after the first two blasts. The police were apparently […]

Ethiopia’s Desisa, Kenya’s Jeptoo win in Boston

Lelisa Desisa 2013 Boston Desisa wins three-way sprint in dramatic finish to men’s race; time of 2:10.22 BOSTON – Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia took the title in the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon on Monday, winning a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds. In just his second race at the […]

Lelisa Desisa wins Boston Men’s Marathon

Lelisa Disasa Boston, MA – Lelisa Desisa won the 2013 Boston Men’s Marathon in a slow time of 2:10:22, with Gebre-Egziabher “Gebre” Gebremariam coming in 3rd place, just 1 second behind Licah Kogo of Kenya. In the women’s race, Meseret Hailu finished second (2:26:58) with Tirfi Tsegaye placing 5th (2:28:09). Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the race […]

Dejen Gebremeskel wins BAA 5K

Dejen Gebremeskel, of Ethiopia, won the men's race in the Boston Athletic Association 5K on Sunday morning. (Photo: DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF) Boston, MA - Kim Smith was the women’s winner and Dejen Gebremeskel was the top male finisher at Sunday’s Boston Athletic Association 5K. Gebremeskel, of Ethiopia, finished in 13:37, with Aaron Braun second and Lani Rutto third. Gebremeskel won the silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 2012 Olympics. New Zealand’s Smith won in 15:16, […]

Ethiopians in Boston closely follow Gebre Gebremariam

Gebre Addis Restaurant Boston, MA- Ethiopian celebrities don’t come much bigger than marathoner Gebre Gebremariam. This much is clear when he enters the Addis Red Sea restaurant. The South End eatery serves traditional Ethiopian fare and draws diners who want a taste of home. A couple of starstruck waitresses tentatively approach Gebremariam and say, “Selam,” hello in Amharic. At […]

Prefontaine Classic to stage Ethiopian 10,000m trials – Samsung Diamond League

Tirunesh Dibaba Eugene, Oregon (USA) – The Ethiopian Athletic Federation has designated the men’s and women’s 10,000m races at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene,  the fourth of the 2013 Samsung Diamond League meetings as its country’s selection races for the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. The races over 25 laps of the track will take place on 31 […]

Los Angeles Marathon: Zemzem Ahmed finishes second

Zemzem Ahmed Los Angeles, CA – Zemzem Ahmed of Ethiopia finished second (2:30.33) in the 28th Asics Los Angeles Marathon here yesterday. Debutant Aleksandra Duliba of Belarus won the race in 2:26.8, the sixth fastest time in race history. Deena Kastor (USA), 40, finished third in 2:32:38. In the men’s category, Kenyan athletes took the top-3 spots, with Erick […]
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