17 August 2012 - At face value, team Ethiopia enjoyed a memorable London 2012 with a total of seven medals, including three gold, to show for its efforts. Its position on the medal table- fifth in the world in the athletics and 25th in all sports- is also noteworthy for a team of just 33 athletes.
But there is much more to this campaign than medals. It was a mixed bag of excellent performances, near misses, botched tactics, injuries and illnesses, and encouraging progress.
12 August 2012- Ethiopia’s three representatives in the men’s marathon failed to finish their race at the closing of the athletics competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games on Sunday.In a tactical race that brought Uganda’s its first ever Olympic marathon title and its first gold medal since 1972 thanks to StephanKiprotich; Ayele Abshiro, Getu Feleke, and Dino Sefer all dropped out of the contest at various points of the race creating an undesired history of a DNF (did not finish) clean sweep for the first time in seventy-two years of participation in the event.
The result rounded off a mixed Games for Ethiopia who finished fifth in the athletics medal table with a total of seven medals (3 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze) behind the United States, Russia, Jamaica, and Great Britain. The return represents a decrease on the tally 2008 Beijing Games (4 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze), but a greater range as the medals in London were won by six different athletes as opposed to five athletes in Beijing.
10 August 2012- With a vicious finishing kick in the last 80m of the race, Meseret Defar regained her Olympic 5000m title she won eight years ago in Athens on the eighth day of athletics action at the 2012 Olympic Games on Friday.
Defar, who is a former world champion and bronze medallist over the same event four years ago in Athens, clocked 15:04.25 ahead of Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot with compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba adding a bronze to the 10,000m title she won a week ago.
11 August 2012- An late burst of acceleration in the last 50m of the race gave Ethiopia’s 2012 world 5000m leader Dejen Gebremeskel the silver medal in the men’s 5000m final on the ninth day of action at the 2012 London Olympic Games on Saturday night.
The 22-year old, who is the reigning world championship bronze medalist over the event, was locked in a tussle for medal positions in the last lap of a highly-tactical contest before evading close challengers to finish the race in 13:41.98,with Britain’s Mohammed Farah winning the race to complete a historic 5000m/10000m double.
9 August 2012- Another impressive late burst in the last 300m of the race gifted Abebe Aregawi an easy passage to the women’s 1500m on a day of heats at the 2012 London Olympic Games on Wednesday.
The 22-year old, who is the national record holder and the second fastest runner in the world this year, clocked 4:01.03 to win her semi-final heat ahead of Turkey’s Gamze Bulut and Russian 2003 and 2005 world champion Tatyana Tomashova. The result means Aregawi becomes the first Ethiopian woman to reach an Olympic 1500m final since Kutre Dulecha’s feat twelve years ago.