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  • Kenenisa criticises IAAF’s proposal

    Addis Ababa, May 3, 2017 (FBC) –Ethiopian distance runner, Kenenisa Bekele, joined a number of athletes to speak out against the new rule proposed by IAAF wiping out world records set before 2005.

    The proposal outlines radical new criteria for determining official records.

    In order to be recognized, records must be set at specific, approved events, by athletes who have undergone a preset number of doping tests in the months prior.

    Furthermore, all athletes will be required to have a control sample of their blood stored for up to ten years for re-resting purposes.

    Since the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) only began storing such samples in 2005, under the new criteria, all records set before that year would de facto be rendered obsolete.

    According to the new rule, Kenenisa’s 5000 meter time of 12:37.35 set in 2004 and 10,000 meter time of 26:17.53 set in 2005 are at risk of being wiped out.

    When asked by Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) to comment on the plan, Kenenisa said the proposal “is not appropriate.”

    “The problem comes from IAAF’s weakness. It is not the athletes’ faults,” he said.

    Kenenisa further said he is ready to voice his concern and ‘protest’ against the proposal.

    UK’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe yesterday hit out at the new proposal.

    Radcliffe, who broke the women's marathon record in 2003, said the proposal was "disrespectful to those athletes whose marks are iconic in history."

    "It's unfair to make those clean athletes suffer again at the hands of cheats, because during our careers, we have had to compete against people that we have heavily suspected or known were cheating," she said.

    Source: FBC

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  • Dibaba breaks world 2000m record in Sabadell

    World 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba added to her growing list of record-breaking achievements by breaking the world 2000m record* at the Miting Internacional de Catalunya in the Spanish city of Sabadell on Tuesday (7).

    The three-time world indoor champion overtook the pacemaker just before the half-way mark, which was reached in 2:42.65, and continued to extend her lead over her younger sister Anna and Morocco’s Siham Hilali.

    She went on to stop the clock at 5:23.75, taking almost seven seconds off the world indoor best set by Gabriela Szabo in 1998. Although the 2000m isn't an official world record event indoors, Dibaba’s performance – pending ratification – can be classed as an outright world record as it is faster than Sonia O’Sullivan’s outdoor mark of 5:25.36.

    As well as the outdoor 1500m world record, Dibaba now owns the fastest ever recorded times indoors for the 1500m, mile, 2000m, 3000m, two miles and 5000m.

    Elsewhere in Sabadell, European champion Adam Kszczot won the 800m in 1:46.31 with Spanish record-holder Kevin Lopez taking second place in 1:46.58.

    European 5000m silver medallist Adel Mechaal was a convincing winner of the 3000m, clocking 7:48.39 to finish more than two seconds ahead of Italy’s Marouan Razine.

    Source: IAAF

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  • Ethiopia's Olympic protester hopes to compete for his country

    Ethiopian Olympic marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa still hopes to compete for his country - despite being exiled since last summer's Games.

    Lilesa has been living in the US on a temporary visa after making an anti-government gesture when he finished in second place in Rio.

    He believes his life would be in danger if he returned to his homeland.

    "I've always wanted to run for my country and for my people," the 26-year-old told BBC World Service.

    "I would like to see myself in a country where the current government is removed and the people get freedom, so I can run for my country - not for a different country."

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  • Ethiopian Deba named rightful winner of 2014 Boston Marathon

    BOSTON (AP) -- Blood, sweat and tears stained the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon, so the next year's running of America's most famous footrace was understandably all about redemption.

    Now the rightful winner of the 2014 women's race - Buzunesh Deba - is finally getting her due.

    Race organizers formally declared the 29-year-old Ethiopian the 2014 champion on Monday, two months after Kenyan rival Rita Jeptoo was stripped of the title and banned from international competition for four years for doping.

    Sweetening the bitterness of her ordeal, Deba also was recognized as the current course record-holder. Her blistering finish of 2 hours, 19 minutes, 59 seconds made it the fastest women's race in Boston's 121-year-old history, besting the previous mark of 2:20:43 set in 2002 by Margaret Okayo of Kenya.

    "I feel great and really happy being named the 2014 Boston Marathon champion, the most prestigious marathon in the world, and I encourage all concerned stakeholders to work on a clean sport," Deba, who lives in New York City with her husband and coach, Worku Beyi, said in a statement.

    It was a long road to victory for Deba.

    Her 2014 clocking in Boston was her fastest ever over the 26.2-mile span, and it catapulted her to the top of the sport.

    But at the time, all the adulation - to say nothing of the first-prize winnings - went to Jeptoo, who was credited with the win in the first edition of the Boston Marathon since two bombs planted at the finish line killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others.

    The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the marathon, says it's still working to recover the $150,000 prize and $25,000 course record bonus.

    In October, the Court of Arbitration for Sport doubled Jeptoo's initial ban to four years. The 35-year-old tested positive for EPO in a September 2014 sample given during training for the Chicago Marathon. She's since been stripped of the 2014 Chicago title as well.

    "Buzunesh Deba's sub-2:20 performance in 2014 was a magnificent achievement," BAA chief executive Tom Grilk said Monday. "To emerge victorious in the fastest women's race ever run in Boston was remarkable. We look forward to awarding her the praise she rightfully deserves in 2017."

    Deba hasn't yet said whether she'll race Boston next year.


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  • Almaz Ayana crowned Female World Athlete of the Year 2016

    Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday (2).

    Ayana had a record-breaking year. After recording the fastest 10,000m debut in history in June, the Ethiopian went on to win the Olympic title at the distance in a world record of 29:17.45.

    She added to her Olympic medal haul in Rio by taking bronze in the 5000m, her only loss of the year. Having recorded three of the eight fastest times at 5000m, she ended the year as the Diamond Race winner for that discipline.

    She becomes the third Ethiopian woman to win this award, following Genzebe Dibaba in 2015 and Meseret Defar in 2007.

    "I don't have words to explain my feelings right now, I'm so excited," said Ayana whose award was presented by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. "Really, I'm so pleased."

    Source: IAAF

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