30 July 2012- The first group of Ethiopian athletes left Addis Ababa Monday evening for the London 2012 Olympic Games with the athletics competition commencing on Friday August 3rd 2012. But thanks to increasing competition in many events and injuries, there will be strong contingent athletes who will be missing from the squad. Here are seven of the best to miss the showpiece event in the British capital.
30 July 2012- The marathon has always been an event closer to the heart of Ethiopians ever since Abebe Bikila won their first ever Olympic gold after running the 42.195km race in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome barefoot. Bikila defended his marathon title in Tokyo four years later, while Mamo Wolde took the 1968 title in Mexico making it an impressive hat-trick of victories in the global showpiece event.
26 July 2012 - Ethiopian athletes have taken five of the six gold medals on offer in both the men’s and women’s event in the last three Olympic Games and anything else has become unacceptable for Ethiopians who have come to define gold in this marquee event as a minimum return for their passionate following of the team.
26 July 2012 - Ethiopia’s hopes of a first-ever medal in the women’s 1500m were boasted on Wednesday with the news that Moroccan 1500m race favorite Meriem Alaoui Selsouli has tested positive for a banned substance.
In a statement to the media, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) confirmed that the athlete has tested positive for prohibited substance Furosemide and has been provisionally suspended from athletics competitions including the London Olympics.
Could Aman, Magiso, and Aregawi create history?
26 July 2012 - In addition to stronghold events like the 5000m and 10000, Ethiopians have been competing over the sprints and middle distance events at junior and continental levels for years without making any inroads in major championships. This undesired statistic could be about to change this year.