Ethiopian Aman Mohammed beat Kenya’s David Rudisha Olympic record holder in the men’s 800m




 Ethiopian teenager Mohammed Aman trumped world and Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya in emphatic style in the men’s 800m in the Diamond League meeting here on Thursday.

This race, Rudisha’s only outing since he won gold in London earlier this month in a new world record of 1min 40.91sec, had been billed as another chance for the 23-year-old Kenyan to better his own mark.

But no one had counted on the kick of 18-year-old Aman, who finished sixth at the Olympics but who importantly last year became the first and last man to defeat Rudisha since 2009.

Starting in lane seven with Kenyan training partner Sammy Tangui on his outside, Rudisha bolted past his pacemaker in the opening strides.

With any chance of a world record completely out of the window in cold, wet conditions, Rudisha found himself in front but in a real dogfight with Aman, who kicked past the Kenyan world champion as the duo rounded the last bend.

Aman held on for a convincing win in a personal best of 1:42.53, with Rudisha timing 1:42.81 and another Kenyan, Leonard Kosencha, completing the podium (1:44.29).

“The race was good, really,” said Rudisha. “The race was fast and the winner acheived a 1:42.5 time and new personal best.

“My legs felt tired and I cannot run well if the weather is not good.

“I hoped for a fast race here and am a little disappointed. It is very difficult to get a good pacemaker to pace for a 800m world record, but this time it was good. It was the rain that stopped me.”

Aman was left extremely happy with having trumped Rudisha for a second time.

“I am incredibly thankful to win in front of this audience with a new personal best and a new national record,” he said.

“This was the final Diamond League race and therefore a strong one. I am very happy and hopefully next year I will beat the world record.”



The flaw of Ethiopian constitutional Article 75 for Secession led to unexpected power vacuum at after the Death of Dictator Zenawie

Ethiopian authorities did not act in accordance with the letter and spirit of the constitution when they  wanted  to name an Desallegn as an  interim  prime minster following their announcement of the late premier’s death.  His wife is even trying to mourn herself to power calming her husband’s place with no avail.

Zenawi’s Ethnical constitution does not assure succession of the vise primer to his post . The post of Deputy Premier is a pure creation of the  “immortal”  Dictator Zenawie. He executes only responsibilities entrusted to him by the Melese and to act on behalf of the PM in his absence not at his death. Thus Dessalegn could not succeed the deadly dictator of Ethiopia based on   Article 75.  He does not even have legally present he is a pure creation of Melees Zenawie. Like the  The Negus  Melese aeie Zenever thought he will never die  assured himself the full power with  no succession in his dictated constitution inspired from Albert Koja of Albania.

Now Ethiopia is left  with no  Premier  post but vacant since nothing is mentioned in the constitution. It was written in a way no one would replace the great dictator Melese Zenawie written by him. Desallegn playing PM without any legal legitimacy until parliament met. But the main issue of the day  is that  none one   yet named Desallegn as an interim PM…

According  to the ethnical constitution Article 73 is made only to the  PM  to be elected by the parliament from among its members.  Thus, it’s only the parliament that can elect a PM,
Bereket Simon’s  the  Eritrean  classic  liar  made a  constitutional error  when he  say that the  parliament will soon meet and ceremoniously elect Desallegn.
The most contending   for Melese’s place today  are:-

Azeb  Mesfin his wife?

Berhane G/ Kristos, formerly ambassador to the US and EU and currently the de jure Foreign Minister

Getachew Asefa  Head of the country’s intelligence services,

 The Eritrean Haile Tekel  Haymanot   known as Kuma Demeksa, mayor of  Addis Ababa  

Seyoum Mesfin, the long time Foreign Minister and current ambassador to China

 The  Eritreean Bereket Simon, head of the ruling party’s and the government’s Information office

H/ Mariam Desalegn, the interim  Premier

Since the sickness of Melese Zenawie  and his death a month ago a committee of 7 has been established  to assure the succession of power:- 4 Tigerian, 1 Oromo, 1 Amhara and 1 from the South

will Continue …

Eritrean Generals trafficking their own people as medical spare parts

Eritrean B.General Teleke Mengus sells Eritrean refugees to Arabs as medical spare parts. (Watch Videos)The head of the Eritrean Boarder Surveillance department B. General Tekel Menejus with his colonels control the human trafficking and body part commercialization of Eritrean refugees. In the past the Eritrean soldiers were ordered to shoot escaping Eritrean to the neighboring countries with live rounds, but now they cash them and sell them to Bedouins.

The Main head for such enterprise is Col. Fessum who supposedly heads the Ethiopian opposition movements in in the western areas is the key ally of the Bedouins for such highly lucrative body part market in the Arab world. Every week of thousands of Eritreans are sold to the Bedouin tribes known as Rashid’s dispersed in Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt and Arabian Peninsula. They are known  as nomadic businessman. They sell anything starting from petrol, foodstuff, electronic, car spare parts and arms. This is the  most lucrative  Human trafficking chain in the horn of Africa. The Col. used to travel to Dubai and other bushiness centers to touch his share of the human parts trafficking in Eritrea with different passports having different names.

The Ethiopian Dictator death officially declared a beginning of a new social time for Ethiopia


The Ethiopian regime hid for a month the death of  Dictator Melese Zenawie and declared his  death  after the death  of  Melee’ss  personally picked  Patriarch Paulos last weak. Both originated  from the famous historical city of Adwa where Menlik II won anti colonial war in 1896.



The Former guerrilla leader came to  power in 1991. He will  be succeeded by deputy prime minister, state TV say.

Melese had not been seen in several weeks. The government  lied in July that he was taking a break to recover from an

unspecified condition and will come to office before the Ethiopian New year.

State television finally declared today  that Hailemariam Desalegn, deputy prime minister, will be acting prime minister.

Rumours that Meles was seriously ill had been rife since the former guerrilla leader  failed to attend an African Union summit in Addis Ababa last month. Last seen thin and weak  at Los Camos, G -20 meeting.

Ethiopian Melees Zenawie came to power in 1991 marking a beginning of a new social time in the Horn of Africa in General and in Ethiopia particular. This era includes 3 social times;-
The first 1991-1998. This is a time Issaias Afwerki and Melese Zenawie ruled together.
The second time started in 1998 with the war between Melees Zenawie and Isasias which ended in 2005 a time Melees Zenawie Lost election.
The third time started in 2005 and ended in 2012, where Melees Zenawie and Isasias Afwerki fall sick and became incapacitated to control power with arm.
Each social time contains 7 years with a total of 21 years which ended in 2012.
Now is the commencement of new era of social time for the people of the Horn of Africa particularly Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.

Ethiopian ” Patriarch” named by Dictator Zenawie died while Ethiopia waits the news about its “Premier”

His Holiness Abune Paulos was the Fifth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St Tekle Haymanot, Archbishop of Axum/Photo/ReutersThe Ethiopian Orthodox Church has announced the death of its ” patriarch”, Abune Paulos named by Melese Zenawie.

He was hand picked by the Melese Zenawie the Ethiopian Dictator. Zenawie himself   has not been since Los Cabos G20 Meeting in  June 20, 2012. Paulos is known for killing an Ethiopian inside the Church. He is repeated carrying pistol with his cross even inside the church. He was supposed to show to public the three thousand years old Ark of covenant with out success.
 Paulos, whose full title was His Holiness Abune Paulos, Fifth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St Tekle Haymanot, Archbishop of Axum, died early Thursday in Addis Ababa, aged 76.
The patriarch, who was one of the seven serving presidents of the World Council of Churches is said to have been taken ill a few weeks ago with that of  Melese Zenawie , but the cause of his death, is yet to be established. All Ethiopia with the international community is waiting the new about the where about of Melese Zenawie. It is promised he will show him self before the Ethiopian New year . Majority believed he is dead like that of Paulos his ” personally elected Patriarch.
 He was Born in Adwa in Tigray Province like that of  Dictator Melese Zenawie in the  northern part of the country, the patriarch did his education at the Theological College of the Holy Trinity in Addis Ababa under the patronage of Patriarch Abune Tewophilos.
He was sent to study at the St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in the United States and later undertook doctoral degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.
The patriarch also lived in exile in the United States.

End and beginning new Social Time, Ethiopian Meles Zenawi would be back Before 11 Sept, 2012?

Ethiopian Melese Zenawie came to power in 1991 marking a beginning of a new social time in the Horn of Africa in General and in Ethiopia particular. This era includes 3 social times. Each social time contains 7 years with a total of 21 years which ended in 2012.

The first 1991-1998. This is a time Issaias Afwerki and Melese Zenawie rulled together.
Both plunder Ethiopia with mercilessness dividing the country Ethnically while keeping Tigray and Eritrea undivided respectively.

The second time started in 1998 with the war between Melese Zenawie and isaias which ended in 2005 a time Melese Zenawie Lost election and Issas killed all his 15 camarad in arm.

The third time started in 2005 and ended in 2012, where Melese Zenawie and Issaias Afwerki fall sick and became incapacitated to control power rule with arm.
Now is the commencement of new era of social time for the people of the Horn of Africa particularly Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia to live in peace in harmony and complimentary to one another .

Has anyone seen Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Zenawi? by Graham Peebles

To many Ethiopians the sudden disappearance of Prime Minister Zenawi is a source of joy and excited expectation, for his die-hard supporters apprehension no doubt and concern for their leader. Is he dead they ask, or perhaps critically ill, has he run away, finally overwhelmed by guilt and shame at the way he and his ministerial cronies have treated the people of Ethiopia, since they took power from the communist Derg twenty one years ago. Or is he recovering from illness peacefully on some isolated retreat.
The Prime Minister has not been seen since his last outing at the G20 summit, in Mexico on 19th June, where he looked a wee shadow of his usual Italian suited self. Such prolonged absence is unusual for a man who revels in performing his supporting part upon the international stage of political propaganda.He has failed to appear at a series of high-profile events since June, including the opening of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa in July.
So where is the revolutionary democrat? It has been repeatedly reported that Meles has received treatment in the Saint-Luc hospital in Brusselsfor a stomach complaint, a suitably vague description as to mean nothing.The Washington Post (8/8/2012)  affirms “Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the rebel-turned-technocrat who has led Ethiopia since 1991, is sick.” The Guardian (8/8/2012)  relays “the Egyptian state information service reporting that Meles underwent surgery in Germany.” They continue “It is a mystery what has happened to Meles and not even his own ministers know his fate,” an exiled Ethiopian source said.” According to a ‘government source’, (no name or status is given) speaking to the Guardian, Meles is on holiday, well it is the summer after all, and is recovering from an illness. There is no mention of where he is holidaying or why he has not personally issued a statement, reassured his followers, who are no doubt worried, and silenced the internal tussling within the EPRDF, that is undoubtedly taking place.
Secrecy smoke and mirrors
Ethiopians are notoriously secretive and distrustful, the great Polish journalist Rysard Kapuscinski in his classic work ‘The Emperor’, regarding the reign of the last Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selasie and his inner circle, states “the Ethiopians are deeply distrustful and found it hard to believe in the sincerity of my intentions,” elsewhere he goes further claiming that Ethiopians are the most “secretive people on Earth.” Having lived in Addis Ababa and worked with Ethiopians for a number of years, my experience certainly bears out Kapuscinski’s comments reinforced by René Lefort, author of ‘Ethiopia. An heretical revolution?’ when he states “given the history of Ethiopia, where secrecy is a cardinal virtue”
The Sellasie years were ones shrouded in deceit and extreme secrecy, all discussions and decisions between the Emperor and his ministers took place verbally. There are no documents with Sellasie’s signature, making it possible for him to deny involvement in any policy, to adopt a number of positions on any issue and to change his mind based on political expediency at any point in time. Kapuscinski relates, “Though he ruled for half a century, not even those closest to him knew what his signature looked like.” At meetings the Monty Python sounding ‘Minister of The Pen’, recorded the Emperors orders and instructions, whose words were often muffled and ambiguous, allowing for non-commitment on issues and the creation of fear amongst his ‘court’.
Image and social status is of great importance within Ethiopian society. In 1973, whilst hundreds of thousands starved, Halie Selasie and his government denied that a famine was taking place in the northeast of Ethiopia, known as the ‘Unknown Famine’ and lied to ITV journalist David Dimbleby, who reported the situation in Wollo that Sellasie and his cronies had attempted to cover up. Food was in fact available in the Wollo region, but was transported to the capital Addis Ababa, where it could command higher prices at market, all under the direction of the Sellasie regime. The revelation to the World of the famine hastened his downfall and he was deposed in 1974 by a military junta, led by Mengistu Haile Mariam, who had him suffocated to death a year later.
Another example of the secretive/duplicitous tendency of the Ethiopian people, creating a false or misleading image was the way Emperor Menelik II death in December 1913 was kept quiet. He died and was buried without any public announcements after suffering a stroke and being unable to govern for several years. And this for and of a man regarded by many as the last true Emperor.
The Meles way
There is no freedom of the press in Ethiopia; in fact there is little or no freedom in any area of social or political life. Express dissent at governments policies and face certain imprisonment, write articles critical of Zenawi and his regime and expect to be charged with treason or some such fictitious crime and sentenced as many have been, often in absentia, to life imprisonment. The Economist (7/8/2012)  reports “Dissident or investigative journalists have been jailed or driven into exile. In July a prominent online journalist, Eskinder Nega, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.”  Political opposition is all but banned under the Zenawi administration.
All media is state owned, so too the sole telecommunication company. As well as the major printing press Barhanena Selam, who recently told the weekly newspaper Feteh, who planned to publish a story quoting BBC and others discussing the where about and health of Meles, that the government had ordered that week’s edition (22/7/2012) of the paper, about 30,000 copies, to be blocked on grounds of inciting national insecurity and endangering the government and the public. Such is the degree of media control.
 Accurate, uncensored information about anything is therefore impossible to find within the Ethiopian news sources, who are to nobody’s surprise towing the EPRDF party line on the missing premier – ‘Meles is on holiday, recovering from illness.’  ESAT the independent satellite television station based in Holland, have reported various accounts of Meles death (30/7/2012), misquoting it appears the Belgium based International Crisis Group, who denied giving any such information. It is it seems a maze of invisibility cloaks, secrets and deceit, a drama that would one feels not surprise Kapuscinski in the least.
The EPRDF under Meles Zenawi has been in power since 1991, he has been Prime Minister since 1995, after taking the mantle of President the previous four years. Two stolen corrupt elections in 2005 and 2010, in which European observers declared the election unfair. The regime is a dictatorship, trampling on human rights and restricting all freedoms, selling off vast tracks of prime Ethiopian farmland to international corporations for a few dollars, displacing hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in the process, who are corralled into villagization developments. Land sold is cultivated to grow staples not for the needy people of Ethiopia where some 13 million are food insecure, but for the industrial farmers home ‘market’.
Western complacency
The west believes, as it did with Egypt’s President Mubarak, that it has an ally in Prime Minister Zenawi. He allows American drones to be stationed on Ethiopian soil, and acts when ordered to by the imperial master. In 2006 Ethiopian troops invaded Somalia, at the behest of George W. Bush, who sought to subdue the activities of the Al Shabab militia (Islamist group). The deal is clear and predictable: Meles allows Ethiopia to be an outpost of the American military, in exchange for the west turning a blind eye to extensive human rights abuses in the country. As the Financial Times states “western donors and allies have been willing to overlook human rights abuses and a lack of political freedom at home.” Human rights abuses that destroy lives too many to count, but trouble not ‘western donors’, concerned only to extend their reach into all corners of the world
Around $3 billion a year is given to Ethiopia in development aid by the US, Europe, Britain and The World bank, all of which incidentally is paid to or through government agencies. The EPRDF misuse and politicize the funds, allocating donations based on political affiliation and not need, including emergency humanitarian aid.
For western donor countries the heavy hand of a tyrant, that inhibits and controls, offers stability, or so those fearful of freedom will say, as the Financial Times (9/08/2012)  comments, “Strongmen in power can be useful allies. They make decisions fast and can impose their wills.” Not withstanding the impact on the people of their hasty ideologically driven decisions and shortsighted actions.
Time for change
If Zenawi is unable to continue in office, and according to Rene Lefort in Open Democracy (8/8/2012) “the widespread conviction shared by most diplomats and experts is that, whether Meles is dead or alive, he is no longer in charge and never will be again, so the candidacy for his succession is open.” should the constitution be respected, parliament would pick a successor. Would his passing make any difference, ushering in change in the way the EPRDF rules Ethiopia, for in the absence of any credible, well-organized, coherent opposition they are sure to continue in power. Will freedom social justice and democracy flow into the country unrestricted, gently healing the deep wounds of the past 20 years, or will another in the mould of the repressive, brutal Zenawi step forward to continue his legacy of suppression and human rights abuse. One suspects the latter would take place, sadly Ethiopia has lacked good governance for generations.
The ERDF and its leader Meles Zenawi, whilst publically espousing democratic values and signing all manner of human rights laws into their constitution and federal code – to be summarily ignored, are idealists, adhering firmly to a version of ‘Revolutionary Democracy’. At the core of which is a centralized controlling dogma, that believes in social uniformity and the abolition of independent thought. Human Rights Watch (HRW) in their report on Ethiopia ‘Development without Freedom,’  quote Meles describing his version of the ideology, “individuals will start to think alike and all persons will cease having their own independent outlook. In this order, individual thinking becomes simply part of collective thinking because the individual will not be in a position to reflect on concepts that have not been prescribed by Revolutionary Democracy.”
Time for freedom and justice
Perhaps Meles Zenawi is dead or and one feels this more likely, recuperating on holiday. Alive or not, his passing is long overdue, should a man who holds such divisive inhibiting ideals, disregards human rights laws and indeed Ethiopian domestic laws, and seems to care little for the people of Ethiopia hold political office at all. It is time for change within Ethiopia. The current regime locked as they are into a repressive narrow ideology show no signs of relaxing the controls exerted upon the people, in fact since 2009 State repression has intensified.
It is Prime Minister Meles Zenawi that leads the EPRDF government and dictates policy. Governance is highly centralized, The Economist (7/7/2012) states “power has still rested with a clutch of Mr. Meles’s comrades from his home area of Tigray in northern Ethiopia,” and according to a former American ambassador to Ethiopia, David Shinn cited in The Economist, “this hard core, including the army’s chief of staff, General Samora Younis, retains a “paranoid and secretive leadership style.” Echoes of Sellasie perhaps and further support for Kapuscinski’s view.
The people’s time
One doubts a man like Meles Zenawiwould be a greatlose,either to the African continent or to the people of Ethiopia.On the contrary the majority of Ethiopians would rejoice, for under his leadership they are controlled andsuffer, have no voice and cry out to be heard, are entrapped and yearn to be free: freeto express themselves, to gather and speak openly, free to build a just and opensociety. Free to be.
Graham is Director of The Create Trust, a UK registered charity, supporting fundamental social change and the human rights of individuals in acute need.


Ethiopian Mesert Defar Queen of Female 5000M Olympiad London 2012 &


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Meseret Defar of Ethiopia celebrates with Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia after winning gold in the Women's 5000m Final


Women’s 5000m

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– Olympic Stadium – Friday, 10 August 2012 20:05



  1. EthiopiaETH
    Gold Medal
    DEFAR Meseret
  2. KenyaKEN
    Silver Medal
    CHERUIYOT Vivian Jepkemoi
  3. EthiopiaETH
    Bronze Medal
    DIBABA Tirunesh


LONDON (AFP) – Ethiopian Meseret Defar deprived her teammate and arch-rival Tirunesh Dibaba an Olympic double for a second time when she produced a home-stretch sprint to claim victory in the 5000m on Friday.
Defar, who also won the 5000m at the Athens Games in 2004, timed a relatively slow 15min 04.25sec, with world champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya claiming silver in 15:04.73.
Defending Olympic champion and newly-crowned 10,000m gold medallist Dibaba, considered the greatest female distance runner of all-time with three Olympic titles and four world crowns, took bronze in 15:05.15.
Britain’s Joanne Pavey took up the early running in the 12-and-a-half lap race, Dibaba content to sit quietly on the inside lane.
Italian Elena Romagnolo led the bunched peloton through the 2km mark in 6:17.35.
Cheruiyot and her teammates Sally Kipyego and Viola Kibiwot sat at the back of the pack as Dibaba took to the front with four laps remaining.
Defar followed, with Kibiwot leading the trio of Kenyans through to the front as the pace finally upped towards 1:05 laps.
With 800m to go, Dibaba tested the waters with another surge that saw the main contenders cut to the six east African rivals.
As the bell rang for the final lap, Dibaba looked up at the screen to see where the field lay, but her expected surge was not forthcoming, as it had been in last week’s 10,000m when she outpaced Kipyego and Cheruiyot into silver and bronze.
Approaching the final bend, there were still six runners in it.
Defar waited on Dibaba’s shoulder and pounced as her team-mate once known as the ‘baby-faced assassin’ flagged, looking for her trademark turn of speed for the line but coming up empty.

Cheruiyot, who is also reigning world 10,000m champion, then passed Dibaba in the final few metres, unable to keep up her unbeaten 11-race winning streak on the international circuit.

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1 1703 Ethiopia DEFAR Meseret 15:04.25 +
2 2327 Kenya CHERUIYOT Vivian Jepkemoi 15:04.73 +
3 1706 Ethiopia DIBABA Tirunesh 15:05.15 +
4 2336 Kenya KIPYEGO Sally Jepkosgei 15:05.79 +
5 1702 Ethiopia BURKA Gelete 15:10.66 +
6 2333 Kenya KIBIWOT Viola Jelagat 15:11.59 +
7 1871 Great Britain PAVEY Joanne 15:12.72 +
8 1849 Great Britain BLEASDALE Julia 15:14.55 +
9 2859 Russian Federation GOLOVKINA Olga 15:17.88 +
10 1258 Bahrain ESHETE Shitaye 15:19.13 +
11 3297 United States of America HUDDLE Molly 15:20.29 +
12 1256 Bahrain DABA Tejitu 15:21.34 +
13 2881 Russian Federation NAGOVITSYNA Yelena 15:21.38 +
14 3281 United States of America CULLEY Julie 15:28.22 +
15 2159 Italy ROMAGNOLO Elena 15:35.69 +

Ethiopian Tiki Gelana Queen Of Olympiad Sets Marathon Olympic Record at 2:23:7

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Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana crosses the finishing line as she wins the women’s marathon final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana held off the Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo to win gold in a soggy Olympic women’s marathon on Sunday.

Gelana clocked 2hr 23min 7sec, an Olympic record time, finishing five seconds ahead of Jeptoo. The Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova won bronze with the pre-race favourite Mary Keitany having to settle for fourth. It was Gelana’s major championship.

Mara Yamauchi’s Olympic marathon lasted less than 10 kilometres on the rainy streets of London.

A week after Paula Radcliffe withdrew from London 2012 with a foot problem, an injured Yamauchi stopped in tears on the side of the road around 9.4km into the race as she decided she could go no further.

The 38-year-old Oxford athlete had been hampered by a bruised heel in the buildup to the Games and, although determined to get to the start line, was clearly not fit.

 Surging into the lead in the last mile and a half and running the second half of the race more than three minutes faster than the first, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia won the women’s Olympic marathon on Sunday in 2 hours 23 minutes 7 seconds, a record for the Summer Games

Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya took second in 2:23:12 on a cool, rainy day on a loop course that passed many of London’s iconic landmarks. Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia made a late charge and finished third in a personal best of 2:23:29. She had finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The prerace favorite, Mary Keitany of Kenya, who won the London Marathon in April, could not hold the pace at the end and finished fourth in 2:23:56. Surprisingly, a Kenyan woman still has not won an Olympic marathon since the event was first held in 1984.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s East African rival, Ethiopia, has now twice won the Olympic marathon. Fatuma Roba took first at the 1996 Atlanta Games. At the London Games, Ethiopia has won both women’s distance events, with Tirunesh Dibaba taking gold in the 10,000.

Gelana, 24, had won the Rotterdam Marathon earlier this year in 2:18:58, an Ethiopian record. On Sunday, she bested the Olympic record of 2:23:14, set by Naoko Takahashi of Japan at the 2000 Sydney Games. Gelana ran the first half Sunday in 1:13:13 and the second half in 1:09:54.

It was a frustrating day for the three American entrants. Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher went to the lead early but faded. Flanagan finished 10th in 2:25:51, while Goucher was 11th in 2:26:07. Desiree Davila, who had been battling a hip injury, dropped out after 2.2 miles.

Sunday’s 26.2 mile race was run on a course with one loop of 2.2 miles and three loops of eight miles. A heavy downpour dropped the temperature to 57 degrees, a nearly ideal temperature, but steady rain continued as the race began. The water began to puddle in places, and the runners splashed as they struck the ground.

Flanagan and Goucher went to the front early as the race began slowly with opening miles of 5:23 and 5:53 on the sinuous course. Keitany tucked in behind them, having learned her lesson about reckless running last fall at the New York City Marathon, when she went out at world-record pace only to fade to third.

At 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles, Flanagan and Goucher also remained at the front of a large pack of runners with a time of 17:20. They held their position at 10 kilometers, reaching the 6.2-mile mark in 34:46, with Valeria Straneo of Italy and Zhu Xiaolin of China, the fourth-place finisher at the 2008 Beijing Games, also at the head of the pack.

At 15 kilometers, or 9.3 miles, Yoshimi Ozaki of Japan took her turn at the front as the lead pack arrived in 52:10 with the race on a metronomic 2:26 pace. The downpour slowed to a drizzle, the flags hanging slack along the course with little or no wind.

The lead pack reached the halfway point in 1:13:13, with 23 runners within three seconds of the lead. A major casualty came soon after as one of the favorites, Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, dropped out. Her victory at the 2011 Chicago Marathon in 2:18:20 made her the second-fastest woman ever behind Paula Radcliffe of Britain (2:15:25). But Shobukhova missed a couple of spring races in the United States because of a hamstring injury. And perhaps she never recovered.

Radcliffe did not enter the Olympic marathon, the strain of competition through the years having left her feet brittle and unable to replicate her greatest performances.

As could be expected, Keitany and her Kenyan teammates moved to the front for the second half of the race. Keitany is the world half-marathon record holder in 65:50. She won the London Marathon in April in 2:18:37. At her best, no one would be able to outrun her. But she was not at her best Sunday.

Just beyond 25 kilometers, or 15 miles, the lead pack had winnowed itself to six runners — Keitany, Edna Kiplagat and Jeptoo from Kenya and Gelana, Aselefech Mergia and Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia.

Flanagan was in seventh place, four seconds back. Goucher was in 12th place, six seconds back. But Flanagan and Zhu from China regained contact, if only briefly.

At 26 kilometers, one of the leaders, perhaps Keitany, stepped on water and stumbled momentarily before regaining her stride. The sun now peeked out.

At 30 kilometers, or 18.6 miles, the quickening race seemed — incorrectly — to have whittled itself to the three Kenyans and Gelana and Dibaba from Ethiopia to decide among the medals. Flanagan had dropped 11 seconds off the pace into seventh place. Goucher was 30 seconds back in 12th place.

At 32 kilometers, Dibaba had dropped back. The lead pack was now four. But Petrova Arkhipova of Russia had been stalking the East Africans. She had been in 10th place at 25 kilometers and sixth place, nine seconds back, at 30 kilometers. Now she seemed to come out of nowhere to catch the leaders. As if running a 1,500-race, she moved up to third as Kiplagat, the 2011 world marathon champion, dropped to fourth.

Kiplagat, though, rejoined the lead pack, which expanded to five — three Kenyans, an Ethiopian and a Russian. As the race neared two hours, Kiplagat again dropped back.

By 35 kilometers, or 21.7 miles, Petrova Arkhipova had moved into a thin lead in 1:59:29. The race was down to herself, Keitany and Jeptoo of Kenya and Gelana of Ethiopia. It remained that way through 40 kilometers or 24.8 miles, in 2:16:20. Petrova Arkhipova dropped back twice, only to recover and yo-yo herself among the leaders.

A half-mile later, Keitany surprisingly fell off the pace. Jeptoo, her teammate, had brought her water minutes earlier, but Keitany now appeared drained. Petrova Arkhipova also fell away a third time, losing her form. In the 25th mile, Gelana surged, opening a gap on Jeptoo as the rain began again. Ethiopia had won another distance running gold medal.

Ethiopian Tirunesh Debaba The Queen Of Olympiad 2012

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Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba produced her devastating trademark kick 600m from the line to successfully defend her Olympic women’s 10,000m title with ease on Friday.

Dibaba, a seven-time world champion and also Olympic champion and world record holder in the 5000m, clocked 30min 20.75sec to finish ahead of Kenyans Sally Kipyego (30:26.37) and Vivian Cheruiyot (30:30.44), the reigning world champion.

Dibaba’s achievement meant she matched her cousin Derartu Tulu in becoming the second woman to win two Olympic gold medals in the women’s 10,000m. It also meant that Kenya have still never won the event.

“I have never been happier,” beamed Dibaba. “I was not even that happy after the Beijing Olympics.

“It’s very special. I’ve worked very hard for this. No one has ever done what I did today. I’ve won two 10,000 golds and one 5000m.”

Cheruiyot said she was not too disappointed with her bronze-medal showing.

“It was good because I did my personal best and I am happy because it’s my first medal in the Olympics so I’m not disappointed at all,” she said.

Silver medallist Kipyego, who also ran a personal best, said the race had been very tactical, but admitted that she had no gas in the tank to stay with Dibaba at the end.

“It’s always a very tactical race when you come to the Olympics but for me, I wanted to be as smooth as I can,” she said.

“At the end, I was just hanging on for dear life and I would be lying if I said that I had any more energy to run with her (Dibaba).

“She was quick and she took off and when I saw that, I didn’t have anything to respond. I was just thinking if I go with her I might not finish this race.”

It was a welcome return to form for the 26-year-old Dibaba, who missed the world cross-country champs in Jordan and the world championships in Berlin in 2009 because of nagging injuries.

The Japanese trio of runners took their customary lead through the first 10 circuits of the 25-lap race before the Kenyans took over the pace making.

Joyce Chepkirui, the Kenyan cross-country champion, and reigning world silver medallist Kipyego upped the tempo as the field began to string out as they hit 5000m in 15:32.06.

Ethiopian Worknesh Kidane, a record 21-time medallist at the world cross-country championships including gold medallist in 2003, took the lead through the tenth lap and was the perfect foil for Dibaba.

In ideal running conditions, with a temperature of 17 deg C and a slight breeze, the lead chopped and changed between Kidane and Chepkirui, the Ethiopian kicking with eight laps to go.

Dibaba was pulled along on Kidane’s coattails with Cheruiyot and Kipyego as Chepkirui fell off the pace.

The quartet kicked free of the chasers to set up a battle royale in the last three laps.

Kipyego led with 800m to go as Dibaba eased past her fading teammate Kidane and produced a deadly spurt of acceleration at 600m to build up a convincing 40m lead over a Kenyan duo left powerless to respond.

Dibaba hit the back straight clear, her eyes flicking to the big screen in front of her before she crossed the line with arms raised.

Kipyego kicked enough to claim silver ahead of the flagging Cheruiyot, who will now look to make her mark in this Olympics in the 5000m.

Birhan Getahun of Ethiopia lies on the track after suffering an injury and hitting a hurdle during heat 2 of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Ethiopia’s Birhan Getahun had to be wheeled off the track during the second heat of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday after slamming into a hurdle and collapsing to the ground.

Getahun, 20 years old, appeared to suffer an injury during the race and fell after hitting the final hurdle. He held his hand to his head as Games officials assisted him off the track in a wheelchair. Kenya’s Brimin Kiprop Kipruto went on to win the heat.

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