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.
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.
7 August 2012- Ethiopia's quest for a first ever medal in the 800m suffered a major setback today with the announcement that national record holder Fantu Magiso has been ruled out of the Games.
In a statement to the media, Ethiopian Athletics Federation technical director Dube Jillo confirmed that the 19-year old African junior 400m champion suffered a leg injury in training and has failed to recover in time for Wednesday's 800m first round.
8 August 2012- Ethiopian 1500m runner Mekonnen Gebremedhin endured yet another major championship tactical gaffe to finish sixth in the men’s 1500m on the fifth day of athletics action at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The 25-year old, whose only major championship senior medal so far came through a bronze in the 2010 African athletics championships,
7 August 2012- A battling performance in the last 100m of the race gave Etihopian Sofia Assefa a historic bronze medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final at the 2012 London Olympic Games on Monday night.
The 24-year old, who had finished sixth in last year’s world championships in Daegu, bode her time behind the main challengers before outkicking Kenya’s African record holder Milcah Chemos for bronze in a time of 9:09.84 with victory going to Russian Yuliya Zaripova, ahead of Tunisian Habiba Ghribi.