Even though there was a big disappointment in the mens’ 10000m flop in London 2012, Ethiopia has shown a great stride to bring more athletes in the middle distance competitions. Ethiopian athletes are showing that we are quickly catching up with the world in training short distance athletes on the 800m, 1500m and 3000m competitions.
Fantu Majiso, Abeba Aregawi and Mohammed Aman are few of the young athletes that caught the eyes of many Ethiopians with their incredible breakthrough performance at the middle distance competition. It was rather unfortunate that Fantu Majiso was not able to compete in the 800m women competition due to injury but she was one of the favorites for the gold medal in that race. Abeba Aregawi has shown her relaxed and comfortable running skills on the two rounds before the final. Mohammed Aman also had a good competition in the Olympics and became the first Ethiopian athlete to reach the final of 800m. In a very fast final race which broke the world record, Mohammed finished 6th at 1:43:20 with a new personal and Ethiopian record.
There are four more competitions in the coming two days for Ethiopia before the Olympics officially closes on Sunday. Today the Ethiopian trio Meseret, Tirunesh and Gelete will compete in the 5000m final at 8:05pm, followed by Abeba Aregawi’s 1500m final at 8:55pm. Tomorrow London will host the mens’ Marathon with Ethiopians Ayele Abshiro, Dino Sefer and Getu Feleke taking part in the race. Later tomorrow evening the mens’ 5000m final at 7:30pm will include Dejen, Hagos and Yenew from Ethiopia.