Will Haile Gebrselassie, As President of The Ethiopian Athletics Federation, Bring Back Our Dominance?


The 16th edition 2017 IAAF World Championships are scheduled to be held from 4th to 13th August 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Now let’s turn the wheel to a year back and head to Beijing. The 15th edition of the IAAF World Championships was held 22–30 August 2015 in Beijing, China where Kenya topped the medal table for the first time, with 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals with 32 competitors. Shifting the spotlight to our homeland Ethiopia, Ethiopia competed at the event and acquired a total of 8 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze) with our women leading the list.

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Mare Dibaba, a long-distance runner, won the marathon at the World Championships claiming Ethiopia’s first gold medal in the event in 2:27:35. Mare told the press that she looks up to Tirunesh Dibaba as her biggest hero, a motivation for her victory.

Following that, Genzebe Dibaba Keneni, Ethiopian middle-and long-distance runner outran the winners’ table. Genzebe was named the female IAAF World Athlete of the Year for 2015 after breaking the 1500m world record in July in Monaco. At the World Championships in Beijing, she was the World Champion in the 1500 m and claimed the bronze medal in the 5000 m event. She was labeled to be majestic through all three rounds of the 1500m, winning every race comfortably, and she also took a 5000m bronze medal.

On another course of the run, Almaz, a long-distance runner who competes in the 3000 meters, 5000 meters, and 10,000 meters events contributed the second gold. She won the 5000 m course beating Genzebe Dibaba by a long distance. “I had to win the gold medal,” Ayana told reporters. “It was a hard race, a hard competition in general. It was great for our country that we won gold, silver, and bronze.” She told the press. Almaz won the IAAF Golden Shoe Award, presented by Adidas for her outstanding display of front running. As much as people cheered for her, yet, there were some in confusion to why she denied to what could have been a second gold to Genzebe.

This year, The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) has announced a 40-member team that will represent the country at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

It has already been stated that Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the world records in the 5K and 10K excluded himself from the selection due to current form. “I’m not fit enough to compete at the event,” Kenenisa, was quoted by the EAF as saying.

What does the 2017 IAAF World Championships have in store for us? Will Haile Gebrselassie, as the President of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation bring back our dominance?




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