All Ethiopian walks of life have patriotically thanked the Ethiopian Athletics team. Thousands came out to the streets to welcome the Ethiopian Athletics team back home.
Having won silver in the 1500m in Eugene, Oregon, earlier in the week, Guday Tsegay finished first despite Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan passing her with just 200m to go.
The World Athletics Championships that took place in the United States, in Eugene (Oregon) ended on July 24.
Ethiopian Athletes arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday evening. Ethiopia ranked second with 10 medals (four of them gold) at the World Athletics Championship in Eugene, Oregon (USA).
Of the 4 gold medals that helped place Ethiopia 2nd only to the USA, 3 were won by Tigrayan women: Letesenbet Gidey, Gotytom Gebreslase, and Gudaf Tsegay.
Roared on by the numerous Ethiopian fans inside the arena, the 25-year-old won a dramatic sprint finish ahead of Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet, with Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum taking bronze.
Gotytom Gebreslase emulated the achievement of her Ethiopian teammate Tamirat Tola on Monday (18) as she won the women’s world marathon title in a championship record of 2:18:11 in Oregon.
The 27-year-old, who made her marathon debut with victory in Berlin last year, marked her championship debut at the World Athletics Championships Oregon with a personal best time that bettered Paula Radcliffe’s mark of 2:20:57 at the 2005 Helsinki World Championships.
Gebreslase’s win came a day after Tola had broken away on a long run for home in the men’s marathon and won in 2:05:36, surpassing the championship record of 2:06.54 set by Kenya’s Abel Kirui at the 2009 edition in Berlin.
Only Gebreslase, who won on her marathon debut in Berlin and clocked a personal best of 2:18.18 at last year’s Tokyo Marathon, went with Korir, and the two ran together until the final kilometre when the Ethiopian made her big and decisive move. Ethiopia took home the gold in the only medalling event of the morning session, as Gotytom Gebreslase won the women’s marathon. In total, Ethiopia had three medallists on Monday.
Ethiopian world record holder Letesenbet Gidey held off a twin Kenyan challenge and also finally overcame her nemesis Sifan Hassan in a terrific finish to win the women’s 10,000 metres gold at the World Championships.
“The dream came true, this victory is even more important to me than a world record,” Gidey said. “I was thinking about winning this gold since 2019 but Hassan was always there. I was also watching Obiri. This time, I was really watching them and I knew I had to be very fast in the last 300m.”
“I have the next dream now – to win the gold at 5000m,” Gidey said. “With the God’s help, I can get the double, I am very confident now.”
Ethiopian runner Tamirat Tola, won the World Championship men’s marathon, clearing the 34km run at a record time of 2:05.37. Thanks to blasting the stretch between 30K and 40K in 28:27, Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia dispatched a large lead pack and raced solo to win the 2022 world marathon title in 2:05:37. The time set a new championship record; the previous mark of 2:06:54 was set by Kenyan Abel Kirui in 2009 in Berlin.
Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia repeated as the silver medallist in 2:06:45, and Olympic bronze medallist Basher Abdi of Belgium, in 2:06:49, was third today as well. Cam Levins, who won two NCAA titles at Southern Utah University in 2012, placed fourth in a Canadian record of 2:07:10.
Just past the 30K mark, Tola moved to the front. Others had occasionally made slight moves to try to urge things along, but got no takers, and eased back into the pack. Not so with Tola. He dropped the pace by about 10 seconds per mile and didn’t let up. Men started losing contact immediately, including Rupp soon before the 20-mile mark. By 33K, the pack was down to 12.
Then Tola really started pushing. He upped the tempo again and immediately had a solo lead. He ran his 35th kilometre in 2:43, which is 27:00 10K pace. His five closest rivals gave no chase and regrouped to race for silver and bronze. Tola kept the pressure on the rest of the way, covering 30K to 35K in 14:24 and 35K to 40K in 14:03. The dangling carrot of that championship record got bigger and bigger, and then was obliterated, with Tola finishing 77 seconds under the previous mark.
Behind Tola, the eventual other medallists broke Levins and two-time NYC Marathon champ Geoffrey Kamworor. Abdi got a one-step lead on Geremew with a kilometre to go, but couldn’t hold it, as the Ethiopian kicked well to claim his second consecutive world silver medal.
Tola’s win is the biggest accomplishment of his career, but the 30-year-old was hardly a slouch before today. He won silver in this event in 2017 and was the 10,000-meter Olympic bronze medallist in 2016
Jubilation and excitement featured all over Addis Ababa as the Ethiopian athletics team that registered 10 medals—four gold, four silver, and two bronze—returned home from the World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA. The team of athletes, coaches, and administration staff—including Ethiopian Athletics Federation President Derartu Tulu—toured the city’s avenues for hours before a congratulatory event at the National Palace in the presence of President Sahle-Work Zewde.
The House of People’s Representatives has thanked the Ethiopian Athletics Team for its glorious victory in the 18th world athletics championship.
“Let’s work as one, Ethiopia wins” the higher officials and employees of the congress were present. After all of them stood up for a minute with their right hand on their left chest, they thanked the heroic athletes who raised our country Ethiopia high.
During the session, the vice speaker of the house of representatives of the FDRE, Mrs. Lomi Bedo, thanked all the athletes and the leaders of the team for witnessing the unity of Ethiopia.
The honourable deputy speaker stated that, this time Ethiopia’s enemies are waiting for her to fall, our country has been won by her heroic children and has risen again on the world stage.
“We should follow their wishes and work hard in every field we are found and to make a prosperous Ethiopia a reality, narrowing our differences and winning spirit, we should discuss and cooperate on the issues that unite us and do whatever is necessary to make our country’s and people a reality” they said.
The FDRE city and infrastructure ministry management and staffs held a program to thank Ethiopia for the victory achieved by Ethiopian athletics team.
The management and staff of the ministry of city and infrastructure held a ceremony to thank the Ethiopian athletics team that won 10 medals in the 18th world athletics championship held in Oregon America.
The minister of urban and infrastructure development, Mrs. Chaltu Sani, who attended the thanksgiving ceremony and delivered a message, thanked our athletes who overcome the pressure that was being put on us both inside and outside.
The minister who pointed out that our athletes have put their own interests behind and put the honour of the country before personal honour and the feeling of cooperation and made our flag fly high on the international stage. The minister continued by saying that, we should repeat this feeling of cooperation in other activities as a country. We have seen that perfect unity leads to victory. Therefore, we have to work together and do what is required for our country.
By repeating the unity, unity and cooperation shown by the athletes on other national issues, all Ethiopians should work together for the development of our country.
Special thanks to Commander Derartu Tulu “not only for her professional ability but also for her Ethiopianism”.
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