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Ethiopia’s Legese wins Berlin half marathon

BERLIN - Ethiopia's Birhanu Legese won the Berlin half marathon on Sunday as African runners dominated the top ten finishers in the men's race. Legese came home in a winning time of 59 mins 45 seconds having held off the challenge of Kenya's David Kogei, who finished just a second behind, and fellow Kenyan Abraham Cheroben, who crossed the line three seconds back in third. In the women's race, Kenya's Cynthia Chepchirchir Kosgei won in one hour, 10 mins and 52 seconds with compatriot Elizeba Cherono second at four seconds back and Sweden's Isabellah Andersson in third at 39 seconds back.

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Gidey leads Ethiopia’s junior 6km demolition

GUIYANG, March 28- Ethiopia handed arch rivals Kenya a painful master class in cross country running in the women junior 6km race as Letesenbet Gidey led a podium sweep on a wet Saturday morning in Guiyang.Having picked up the early pace through Winfred Nzisa Mbithe and Gladys Jepkosgei with Bahraini World Junior steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet, the Kenyans surrendered the initiative with 2km to the finish when the Ethiopians made their devastating mark.Africa junior champion, Rosefline Chepng’etich, a favourite here was never a factor as she struggled through to the finish with a heavily strapped right foot taking with her any Kenyan hopes for a medal.Instead, five Ethiopians shadowed Daisy Jepkemei, who took over the front running duties until the last kilometre when Gidey, the strongest of their contingent on the day struck, side stepping the leader and deploying the afterburners on a hard twisting course.

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Fresh faced Ethiopia out to leave a mark

GUIYANG, March 26- Kenya perennial rivals, Ethiopia, are determined to get a march on their rivals and other competitors on Saturday when the 41st IAAF World Cross Championships get underway here in Guiyang starting at 12 noon local time (+8GMT).Their whole complement of 24 runners arrived in this lakeside Chinese city on Wednesday evening hoping to reclaim the glory days of World Cross legends, Kenenisa Bekele, Worknesh Kidane and Tirunesh Dibaba who remain the most medalled male and female athletes in the history of the now biennial event. Kenenisa who recently pulled out of April’s London Marathon injured has collected an unmatched medal haul of 27, 16 of them gold, 12 individual and four team in his chequered period of dominance that stretched from 2001 to 2008. Retired Worknesh is the most female runner of all time with 21, 11 golds, six silvers and four bronzes whilst Tirunesh, who’s absent on maternal duty has five golds and three silvers.Ethiopia also leads the overall team titles count with 121 against Kenya’s 119 although the latter have bagged more team titles with 81, well ahead of their chief rival’s 42.

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Gebrhiwet and Yalew lead Ethiopa’s World Cross team for Guiyang

Four of Ethiopia’s medallists from the last edition of the championships will compete at this month’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 on 28 March.Hagos Gebrhiwet, their sole individual gold medallist two years ago in Bydgoszcz, leads the senior men’s team. In 2013 he won the highly competitive junior men’s race, but this time around the world silver medallist will be contesting the senior race..

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Mo Farah in Ethiopian training camp

Mo Farah could face questions from the IAAF after appearing in pictures taken during a recent training camp in Ethiopia with shamed drug cheat Hamza Driouch.Farah was taking part in a seven-week training camp at the start of the year before he returned to competitive action in Birmingham last weekend, breaking the indoor two-mile world record in the process. However, in updating his fans with regular posts and photographs from the camp, he revealed that one of those with him in Africa was Driouch, who is currently serving a two-year ban from competition.

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Ethiopians dominate Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo – Endeshaw Negesse won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, leading an Ethiopian sweep of the men’s and women’s titles in the first event of the World Marathon Majors series. Negesse crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours, six minutes to finish 33 secs ahead of Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda. Defending champion Dickson Chumba of Kenya was third in 2:06:36. With Sunday’s win, Negesse improved his chances of representing Ethiopia at the August 22-30 athletics world championships in Beijing. “Today’s race was a bit difficult because of the cold temperatures and slight rain,” Negesse said. “But it’s a great result and should allow me to earn a place on my national team.”Negesse’s compatriot Birhane Dibaba took the women’s title with a time of 2:23:14. Helah Kiprop of Kenya was second with a time of 2:24:03 followed by Ethiopian Tiki Gelena in 2:24:26.

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Family of Abebe Bikila Sues Vibram

The family of the late Ethiopian marathon champion Abebe Bikila is suing Vibram for allegedly using his name without permission, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tacoma, Wash., claims that Vibram didn’t seek permission for trademarking the name “Bikila” and naming several of its minimally designed FiveFingers footwear running shoes after him. .

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Fleeing African soccer stars show Aussie colours

THE bright lights of professional soccer seemed a world away for Mehari Tesema and Samuel Tesfagabr as they spent eight months in a cramped Kenyan refugee camp, surrounded by disease and poverty.Tesema, Tesfagabr and nine of their Eritrean teammates had fled from team officials while playing in an international tournament in 2009 in a bid to escape the dictatorship in their homeland. After hiding for 10 days in Nairobi, the group moved to a refugee camp 800km from the capital with thousands of asylum seekers from across Africa. “That was the worst place,” Tesema, now 28, recalls. “There was no lights, no electricity and just a little bit of food.

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