Beirut, Lebanon NOVEMBER 10, 2013
BENJAMIN SEREM (2nd) REBECCA TALLAM (3rd)
William Kipsang won to end a six-year Ethiopian winning streak in Beirut , He broke away from the leading group shortly after halfway and went through 30km in 1:33:56 with a 19-second lead over the five-man chasing group. By 35km his lead had grown to 39 seconds with Kenya's Benjamin Serem (OLYMPIA- ATC) and Sammy Malakwen, along with Ethiopia's Gemechu Lemma still together around 250m behind Serem then started to chase but could not quite reel him in. Race favourite Kedir Fekadu, who won last year in 2:12:57, was part of the chasing group at 30km but soon afterwards the Ethiopian started to struggle and he finished a disappointing seventh.
Women race was dominated by the two Ethiopian runners who took the lead after 8 km and leaving the group of the women behind. Only Rebecca Tallam (OLIMPIA-ATC) tried to react and she tried to stay close to the first two Ethiopians but she could not close the gap. Rebecca run alone all the race and she achieved to cross the finish line in 3rd position.
Temperatures reached an unseasonably warm 23°C and the course records were never threatened.
1. William KIPSANG KEN 2:13:34
2. Benjamin SEREM KEN 2:13:45 (OLIMPIA-ATC)
3. Gemechu LEMMA ETH 2:14:17
4. Sammy MALAKWEN KEN 2:14:47
5. Stephen CHEPKOPOL KEN 2:15:56
6. Birhanu GEDEFA ETH 2:16:10
7. Kedir FIKADU ETH 2:17:07
8. Khalid LABLAQ MAR 2:17:57
1. Rehime Kedir ROBEL ETH 2:33:29
2. Shuko Genemo WOTE ETH 2:36:47
3. Rebecca Jerotich TALLAM KEN 2:41:07 (OLIMPIA-ATC)
4. Ayantu DAKEBO ETH 2:42:03 (OLIMPIA-ATC)
5. Rahel Kebede SHIFEREW ETH 2:47:25
6. Mihiret Anamo ANTONIO ETH 2:50:28
7. Nicole ELIAS LIB 3:23:01
8. Shannon MCNAMARA-SMITH USA 3:23:50
10 NOVEMBER 2013: MARATHON DES ALPES MARITIMES NICE-CANNES, FRANCE
First to cross the finish line on the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes were Ethiopia's Abdisa Sori among the men and Salina Jebet for the women.
A strongly gusting wind slowed runners in the second half.
In the women race, Jebet, the race favorite, won by a minute. Second was Genet Teka from Ethiopia and third GLADYS KWAMBAI (OLYMPIA –ATC) from Kenya who was at her debut in the marathon distance.
Gladys was very upset because she was ready to run a faster time but the strong wind made this goal impossible.
1 Abdisa SORI ETH 2:13:58
2 Edeo TELO ETH 2:13:58
3 Wosen ZELEKE ETH 2:14:13
4 Titus KURGAT KEN 2:16:00
5 Hadera ASAY ETH 2:18:01
6 Jacob KITUR KEN 2:18:12
7 Tsgabu GEBREMARIAM ETH 2:18:18
8 Yared SHAREW ETH 2:19:28
9 Alelign MEHARY ETH 2:27:45
10 Francois HOLZERNY FRA 2:30:51
1 Salina JEBET KEN 2:41:34
2 Genet TEKA ETH 2:42:32
3 Gladys KWAMBAI KEN 2:44:12
4 Immaculate CHEMUTAI KEN 2:48:48
5 Matilda JEPCHIRCHIR KEN 2:53:13
6 Celine BOUSREZ FRA 2:53:45
7 Sylvie QUITTOT FRA 2:57:43
8 Tiina PURANEN FIN 2:58:21
9 Ingrid LOPERGOLO SWE 2:59:34
10 Elina JUNNILA FIN 2:59:44
ITRIPOLI, Lebanon - May 20, 2012
OLYMPIA ATHLETES SWAP THE PODIUM IN TRIPOLI HALF MARATHON 2012
Another good result from our Top Runners.
On May 20 despite the critical situation of security in the region, finally the race, (already postponed by one week) took place in the roads of Tripoli. The course is measured by AIMS and certified by IAAF.
Temperature above 24 C was not ideal for a fast time but JUSTUS KIPRONO (KEN), took the lead from 10 k and left the pack behind, including the pace maker who was suffering from the heat. The group of challengers could not resist to his increasing pace and Justus cut the finish line with an impressive 63.30, new record of the race, and fastest time ever run in half marathon in Lebanon.
The men podium was filled up also with other two runners from Olympia: TAOUFIQUE EL BARROUMI (MOR) was second in 64.18 and the Ethiopian ALEMAYEHU SHUMYE TAFERE (64.19) took the third place after fighting with the Moroccan till the finish line: one second only was the difference between these two athletes.
Women race was different, all the Top runners run together till 18 K and only at the end a group of three runners took the lead and start to increase the pace. Final time for the winner ALEM FIKRE KIFLE from Ethiopia was 75’.39, six second ahead of HAIMANOT ALEMAYEHU SHEWE (ETH) and third place went to the Kenyan MAGDALINE CHEMJOR. Also the women time under the previous course record.
All the athletes from Olympia’s team.
Italy - June 18, 2012
OLYMPIA ATHLETES ARE PREPARING TO COMPETE IN SUMMER RACES IN ITALY
Olympia athletes, ZELALEM BACHA REGASA (ETH), HIRUT ALEMAYEHU GEBREMIKAIEL (ETH), JULIUS KIPYEGON (KEN) and HANNAH WANJIRU GATHERU (KEN) will travel this week to Italy for a period of 1 month to participate in different athletics events.
The athletes will be lodged in our partner center in Aviano (PN) and will be trained and managed by Maurizio Simonetti, former Italian champion in Mountain races and outstanding athlete of the 80‘s.
On Sunday 24th of June there will be the first competition in Telese Terme near Benevento, a 10 k road race.
The other following races will be:
29/06/2012 international track meeting
01/07/2012 half marathon mountain race
14/07/2012 “CORRI GONNESA”rad race
21/07/2012 international track meeting
Results will be posted after the race, hoping the athletes will confirm the positive trend started early this year.
MAY 7, 2012
GOOD PERFORMANCE OF OLYMPIA ATHLETES IN SPRING MARATHON RACES
PARIS MARATHON APRIL 15, 2012
Despite the poor performance of Albert Matebor wo suffered from a strong pain in the back just after few Km from the start line, the other olympia athete ALMEYEHU SHUMYE TAFERE finished in 9th position overall clocking his second best time of his career 2:09:09.
Both the athletes suffered from the cold weather and they could not perform at the best level.
STEINMETZ GABORONE MARATHON, BOTSWANA APRIL 22, 2012
Olympia Kenyan Athlete BENJAMIN SEREM took the 2nd place only few seconds away from the winner, also from Kenya.
1 Felix KIPKORIR KEN 2:16:25
2 Benjamin SEREM KEN 2:16:46 (OLYMPIA)
3 Jobo KHATOANE LES 2:16:49
4 Tsepho RAMARENE LES 2:16:51
5 Ramolefi MOTSIELOA LES 2:18:03
6 Paul Kipngeno KORIR KEN 2:19:14
1 Samukeliso MOYO ZIM 2:48:29
2 Ntahleng MASAILE LES 2:54:03
3 Maleboheng MOFATA LES 2:59:43
ZURICH MARATHON, SWITZERLAND APRIL 22, 2012
Heavy rain fell only fifteen minutes into the race and did not stop for most of the elite race. In the men's race a large group of Kenyan and Ethiopian runners gradually reduced to a face-off over the last few kilometres between Franklin Chepkwony, Shadrack Kemboi, Hailu Begashaw and Tesfaye Girma Bekele. Chepkwony proved strongest, breaking away to win in the penultimate kilometer.
HUSSEIN RUTTO from Olympia suffered from the cold weather and closed the race in position 6, time 2:13:51.
The women race went to Olympia athlete WORKNESH TOLA BIRU, who helped Nadia Neuenschwander (Swiss) to qualify for the Olympic games until the penultimate kilometer when she strode away to win by 140m.
1 Franklin CHEPKWONY KEN 2:10:58
2 Shadrack KEMBOI KEN 2:11:11
3 Hailu BEGASHAW ETH 2:11:14
4 Tesfaye Girma BEKELE ETH 2:11:28
5 Bernard Kipkemoi ROTICH KEN 2:13:02
6 Hussein RUTTO KEN 2:13:51(Olympia)
7 Wilfred Kibet KIGEN KEN 2:14:47
8 Kamau Michael CHEGE KEN 2:15:32
9 Samson Mungai KAGIA KEN 2:15:59
10 James Kipkosgei ROTICH KEN 2:17:17
1 Workenesh TOLA ETH 2:31:24 (Olympia)
2 Maja NEUENSCHWANDER SUI 2:31:56
3 Sheni Tigist ABDI ETH 2:34:40
4 Jasmin NUNIGE SUI 2:44:29
5 Olivia KURTZ SUI 2:50:13
PICENO FERMANO MARATHON. ITALY APRIL 29, 2012
Another victory for Olympia athlete ALEMTSEHAY HAILU KAKISSA from Ethiopia.
Alemtsehay won the women race despite the very hot weather condition. Time was not very fast (2:48) but this is not a fast marathon race and the important for Alemtsehay was to secure the first position!
MARATONA D’EUROPA TRIESTE, ITALY MAY 6, 2012
The sequence of positive results for the olympia athletes continues also in Trieste.
Both men and women race victory went to olympia’s athletes.
VICTOR KIPRONO KIMELI from kenya ran shoulder to shoulder with the Italian champion Megidio Bourifa till the 35k, when he decided to increase the pace and to leave the Italian runner behind to close in the second position overall.
The vicotry in the women race went also to the olympia athlete REBECCA JEROTICH TALLAM, at her second victory in Italy after Verona Marathon in 2011.
Her final time was 2:37:10 almost 3 minutes ahead of the Italian runner Elisa Stefani.
Now we are waiting for the results from the next races in May.
Goteborg Half Marathon on May 12 will see the return of the defending champion 2011 Albert Matebor. Albert is also the record holder of the race.
The following day in Lebanon Olympia athletes will run in Tripoli Half Marathon race and they will try to estabilish the new course record in both men and women race.
Please follow up the next news.
Peuerbach, Austria December 31, 2011
OLYMPIA’S ATHLETES OUTSTANDING RESULTS IN AUSTRIA AT PEUERBACH SILVESTERLAUF 2011
The first great victory of the day went to an Ethiopian: Asmerawork Bekele Wolkeba won in 16:24,2 minutes the "race of aces" of women. Wolkeba ( 20-year-old ) has already won in 2009 and 2010 in Peuerbach.
The winner Asmerawork Bekele Second place Alem Fikre
The Ethiopian ran strong from the start of the race in the top group, along with her compatriot Alem Fikre Kifle and the top German runner Irina Mikitenko. The 23-year-old Kifle-Alem ran just barely behind (16:24,6). Workeba across the finish line, Mikitenko was third (16:31 minutes). Andrea Mayr, until halfway through the race the top three still quite low on the heel, ended up on rank 4 (16:46 minutes). Fifth was Denise cancer from Germany, landed in sixth Agatha Strausa from Latvia. Sonja Stolic from Serbia, which holds with 15:55,71 minutes since 2002, as Eighth reached the goal.
Was at 15.05 with the Aces run of the men finally started the highlight of the day. And the absolute star of the race, world record holder Leonard Komon of Kenya, came, saw and won: in the 23-year-old dominated the race from the start lasting 8 rounds. Along with his compatriot and training partner Josphat bed and the two Ethiopians Zelalem Bacha Regasa (OLYMPIA) and Millyon Yehwalaeshet Zewdie(OLYMPIA).
Third place Miliyon (long sleeves T-shirt)
The intra-African duel between Kenya and Ethiopia finally decided for Komon, who won in 18:51,0 minutes. In second place was junior world champion from Kenya Josphat bed (18:58,1), third place for the OLYMPIA athlete Millyon Yehwalaeshet Zewdie of Ethiopia (18:59,5).
Detail: The 22-year-old Zewdie was only two days before the race even pulled a tooth, after being plagued shortly after his arrival in Austria from severe pain.
Thunderous applause donated euphoric cheering spectators not only to Africans, but also after each round of Günther Weidlinger, a seven-time race winner, still the crowd favorite in Peuerbach. Weidlinger landed behind another OLYMPIA athlete, the Ethiopian Zelalem Bacha Regasa 4th place in 19:22,3 minutes.
Beirut, Lebanon NOVEMBER 27, 2011
Both the men’s and women’s event records tumbled at the 9th edition of the BLOM Beirut Marathon on Sunday.
Ethiopian Tariku Jufar clocked 2:11:14 to win the men’s title of this IAAF Bronze Label Road Race ahead of Kenyans Sammy Malakwen and James Rotich.
The women’s course record was also broken by the first fith finishers: Ethiopian Seada Kedir with a time of 2:31:38, with second place going to her countrywoman Bizunesh Urgeza Mohammad with Syltan Pretot from France in third.
Olympia -ATC athletes took respectively the 5th place in men category with Mohammed Temam and the 4th, 5th and 6th place in the women category. Sisay Measso (5th place under the previous course record) ran her fastest time ever in her career.
Hussein Awada, the current Lebanese marathon record Holder took the 10th position overall.
Hussein will be trying next year to run the minimum qualifying time to gain the ticket for the Olympic Games.
1. Tariku Jufar, Ethiopia 2:11:14
2. Sammy Malakwen, Kenya 2:11:31
3. James Rotich, Kenya 2:13:16
4. Stephen Chepkopol, Kenya 2:13:27
5. Mohammed Temam Husein, Ethiopia 2:13:37 (OLYMPIA-ATC)
6. Loritenyang Pkumun Meke, Kenya 2:13:55
7. Larbi Es-Sraidi, France 2:14:42
8. Solomon Molla, Ethiopia 2:17:37
9. Julius Kilimo, Kenya 2:18:17
10. Housein Awada, Lebanon 2:25:06
1. Seada Kedir, Ethiopia 2:31:38
2. Bizunesh Urgeza Mohammad, Ethiopia 2:32:52
3. Syltan Pretot, France 2:33:07
4. Diana Lobacevske, Lithuania 2:34:16 (partnership with OLYMPIA-ATC)
5. Sisay Measso Arsedi, Ethiopia 2:36:22 (OLYMPIA-ATC)
6. Etaferahu Tarekegn Getahu, Ethiopia 2:38:47 (OLYMPIA-ATC)
7. Nesrine Njeim Leene, Lebanon 3:09:09
ATHLETES ARE THE STARS OF THE SUMMER COMPETITIONS IN ITALY -
July 30, 2011
athletes ASMERAWORK BEKELE WOLKEBA, ZELALEM BACHA REGASA,
WILLIAM KIBOR are currently in Italy for a period of 2
months to participate in different athletics events.
The athletes are
lodged in our partner center in Aviano (atletica Triveneta)
and are trained and managed by Maurizio Simonetti, former
Italian champion in Mountain races and outstanding athlete
of the past.
On Saturday 30th
of July our three athletes got great results in two
Zelalem were invited to the International track meeting
“Terra Sarda” citta’ di Arzana.
Asmerawork set the
new PB and CR with a very impressive time of 9’.04” in the
3000 m W race, while Zelalem set his new PB in the 3000 m as
On the same day
but in Agordo (BL), William Kibor was the winner of the 25th
edition of the international road race “ Le miglia di Agordo”
preceding famous athletes on the finish line.
A very glorious
day for our UFA- Olympia athletes, confirming the positive
trend started early this year.
MATEBOR AGAIN ON THE PODIUM IN GOLD COAST AIRPORT
running to the Finish Line in GOLD COAST Marathon 2011
result from our Top runner Albert Matebor. ALBERT
KIPLAGAT MATEBOR .
On July 3 albert
cut the finish line in 2nd position with a very
impressive time of 2:10:12, the 3rd fastest time
ever run in this marathon event. Despite a small physical
problem occurred just one week before the departure to
Australia, Albert ran side to side with Nicholas Manza till
37 k where Manza took an advantage of 150 m and he kept it
till the end. Both the athletes lost the jackpot of 25,000
USD set by the organizer for a finish time under 2:10:00.
Manza finish time was 2:10:02.
confirming once again the positive trend started on the
beginning of the year when in Verona he set his new PB as
2:09:16; Albert ran three races in 2011: he took the 1st
position with new course record and new PB in two events
(Verona marathon and Goteborg half)and the 2nd
position here in Australia.
In the same race
ALEMAYEHU SHUMYE (Marathon best time 2:08:46) got a small
injury in the second half and despite he was fighting to
keep the position in the first group of runners, he was
obliged to drop out. Now he is fully recovered and he is
training hard in preparation for a European marathon in
athletes will run in October in Frankfurt and Ljubljana
marathons in Europe.
ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE RESULT IN VERONA MARATHON 2011
We are now
getting used to get good results from UFA-OLYMPIA athletes,
but was we witnessed on last Sunday in Verona is something
not expected at all. The Elite athlete field was really very
competitive with more than 18 invited runners from Kenya,
Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda and Italy.
ALBERT KIPLAGAT MATEBOR
set new PB and new CR by lowering the time by more than 3
minutes and stopping the clock at 2:09:16. Thanks to
Albert, now Verona marathon is becoming one of the fastest
marathon races in Italy and will attract more runners in the
next edition of the race. He also run with negative Split
running the second half of the marathon 1 minute faster than
the first half!
We welcome Albert in the club
of sub 2:10 UFA-OLYMPIA marathon runners, joining ALEMAYEHU
In the same race another two
UFA-Olympia runners set new PB: MOHAMMED TEMAM was 3rd
in the men race with new PB of 2:12:45 and REBECCA
JEROTICH TALLAM lowered her PB by 4 minutes running in
2:35:56 and Winning the women race. The women podium was
completed by ETAFERAHU TAREKEGN and MIHRET ANAMO,
both from UFA-OLYMPIA.
CONGRATULATION TO OUR UFA-OLYMPIA ATHLETES!!
Athletes repeted the success of last year in
Austria and Swept the podium in Peuerbach.
Friday 31th December 2010
important results in Austria in the
classical race of the new year eve:
The Silvesterlauf international in
Olympia athletes got the 3 top
positions in the women category and
2 and 3 and 8 places in men.
Asmerawork Bekele Wolkeba
won for the second year in a row the
women race (5100m distance),
fighting till the last lap with her
team mates from Ethiopia and
preceding on the finish line
Zewdinesh Gebreyes Weldehana
and Birtukan Fente Alemu. The
race was never in contention with
the Olympia team heading out at the
lead of the race and taking it all
the way to the finish.
race (6800m distance) was more
difficult for the UFA-Olympia
athletes since the winner of last
year edition Abere Chane Lema
and Zelalema Bacha Regasa had
to fight with the Morrocan El Ghadi
Najim who took the leadership from
the beginning of the race and he
consolidated an advantage of 20
second. The Moroccan resisted till
the end of the race in first
position despite the increasing pace
of the two Olympia athletes in the 3
final laps of the race and he cut
the finish line in front of Zelalem
Bacha; Abere Chane was third!
case the men top results for the
UFA- Olumpia athletes came
unexpected since the field was very
competitive, including also Ezekiel
Kemboi from Kenya, former winner of
the Athens Olympic Games in 3000m SC
and winner of the World Championship
in Berlin in 2009! ….a real triumph
for the new partnership with UFA
sponsorship that close the positive
sequence of results achieved in
out for the results in January when
the UFA-Olympia athletes will open
the 2011 season with an Indoor
meeting in Russia and with the
International cross country race in
Villa Lagarina, Italy!
-6800m 8 LAPS
1. El Ghadi Najim,
2. ZELALEM BACHA, ETH
3. ABERE CHANE,
Ghunter Weidlinger, AUT
Kipkemei Chirchir, KEN
ASSEGID TESHOME , ETH
WOMEN -5100m 6 LAPS
1. ASMERAWORK BEKELE , ETH
2. ZEWDINSH GEBREYES,
3. BIRTUKAN FENTE,
4. Angeline Nyiransabimana, RWA
Athletes Sweep all the top positions in BLOM Beirut Marathon
Sunday 7th November
new sponsorship partnership between UFA Assurances
and Olympia Altitude Training Center continue to
bring success to the center's athletes: this time
UFA Olympia team swept the podium in BLOM Beirut
International Marathon winning first and second
places in the men's marathon and first, second in
the women's race as well. UFA Olympia Lebanese
Athlete HUSSEIN AWADAH was 7th place
overall and 1st place Lebanese category;
with a perfect conduct of the race he was cable to
break the national marathon record and set the new
score to 2:20:31, 5 second ahead of the previous
The great result was
achieved thanks to Mekasha Tsegaye, who paced
Hussein through the entire race course: both the
Olympia athletes trained together in Ethiopia for a
period of five weeks at Olympia altitude training
center in Addis Ababa.
course was slightly modified from previous editions
and the race very well organized. The race was never
in contention with the Olympia team heading out at
the lead of the race and taking it all the way to
the finish. Also the 4th, 5thand
6th position in men category was for
olympia athletes. 4th place in women was
also gained by olympia as well….a real triumph for
the new partnership with UFA sponsorship!
OLYMPIA Athlete Mohamed Temam hangs
on to win the 2010 Beirut Marathon
Athletes Sweep the Amman Podium Friday 22nd
a stunning introduction to the new
sponsorship partnership between UFA
Assurances and Olympia Altitude Training
Center the center's athletes swept the
podium in Amman International Marathon
winning first, second and third places in
the men's marathon and second and third
place in the women's race, breaking the
course record in doing so. And the 10km race
was a similar story, with the UFA-Olympia
standing proud on 1st place both male and
female. The athletes were powered to victory
in Spira's innovative and groundbreaking
The course was slightly modified and the
race well organized. The challenge in Amman
is that 50% of the race is an inclination at
650m above sea level, but the sights, sounds
and smells of Amman conjure up visions of
the ancient empires that went before. The
race was never in contention with the
Olympia team heading out at the lead of the
race and taking it all the way to the
Runner Paul Ngeny wins Disneyland Half
Marathon and Sets Course Record!
We are please to report that Spira runner
Paul Ngeny, 31, of Auburn, California won
first place overall and in the men’s open
division in 1:07:25, a time that beat the
previous course record for the Disneyland
Half Marathon by 41 seconds. Over 14,000
registered participants ran 13.1 miles
through the two Disneyland Resort theme
parks, then onto the field of Angel Stadium,
where they were cheered to the finish line
by Disney characters and the “ChEAR Squad,”
creating an exciting race event for both
runners and bystanders.
“The course was very nice and comfortable,”
Ngeny said. “I liked running through the
parks and all the music. I could keep on
going for a hundred miles.” Ngeny said he
enjoyed the race and looked forward to go on
the rides. “This is a very beautiful place,”
InSPIRAtional athlete Javier Cruz from
Bakersfield, California competed once again
in Spira for the third year in a row. Cruz
captured first place in the men’s 45-49
division in 1:21:00, finishing 23rd overall.
Cruz is a featured athlete on Spira’s
InSPIRAtional Stories page of our
In the wheelchair crank (handcycle)
division, InSPIRAtional athlete Kirstie
Honeywill-Sykes, 35, of Celebration, Fla.,
was the women’s first finisher in 1:06:51.
Honeywill-Sykes sported the Spira yellow
Stinger Racing shoes as she soared to the
finish line. She said that the lightweight
shoes are very helpful in competitions.
An extremely popular race, registration for
participation in the Disneyland Half
Marathon closed in May, 2010, because it was
filled to capacity. The Weekend events also
included a 5K fun run, followed by kids’
races (also sold out) and a health and
fitness expo. Dates for next year’s
Disneyland Half Marathon have already been
set for Sept. 2 – 4, 2011. Registration is
scheduled to open Jan. 2, 2011.
Congratulations to these InSPIRAtional
BACHA WINNER IN NAPOLA
AUGUST 29, 2010.
VOLATA DI NAPOLA,
UFA OLUMPIA ATHLETE
ZELALEM BACHA DOMINATED THE 10K ROAD RACE IN NAPOLA,
THE FINAL VICTORY WAS
DECIDED ONLY IN THE LAST 20m OF THE RACE WHEN
ZELALEM PUT HIS SHOULDER IN FRONT OF THE QATAR
RUNNER SALEM (FORMER KENYAN ATLETE). SAME TIME FOR
THE TWO RUNNERS (30.08”) BUT VICOTRY FOR ZELALEM AT
THE PHOTO FINISH!
AUGUST 31, 2010 MEETING
UFA OLYMPIA ATHLETE BURTUKAN FENTE SET HER NEW PB
IN THE 3000m SC. RACE.
She gained the 4th position overall
beating some of the most strong athletes in this
SHE SET HER
NEW PB AS 9.39.67.
With this time FENTE IS NOW IN THE 29th
POSITION OF THE IAAF WORLD SENIOR RANKING.
MEETING CITTA’ DI PADOVA, ITALY
UFA OLYMPIA ATHLETES BURTUKAN FENTE and ZEWDINESH
GEBREYES SET THEIR NEW PB IN THE 3000m RACE.
The race was won by the Kenyan athlete Purity
Cherotich who left 2 other team mates behind in the
last 200 m of the race.
Olympia athletes got the 5th and 6th
position setting their best time ever in the
in 9.04.36 and Birtukan 7th in 9.04.87,
new PB for both the athletes.
Now ZEWDINESH IS IN THE 2nd POSITION
OF THE IAAF WORLD YOUTH RANKING, SHE IS ONLY 16
2010 IV MEETING FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA, CITTA’ DI
2010 MEETING WAS
A THRIUMPH FOR UFA OLYMPIA ATHLETES.
DOMINATED THE 1500m WOMENN RACE WINNING IN 4.15.23,
NEW MEETING RECORD, SHE GOT ALSO AWARD FOR THE BEST
TECHNICAL RESULT OF THE MEETING 2010.
ACHIEVE THE RESULT, SHE WAS HELPED BY BIRTUKAN
FENTE WHO PACED HER FOR 1000m. BIRTUKAN DESPITE
LOT OF ENERGIES LOST IN THE FIRST Km OF THE RACE,
FINISHED 3rd in 4,22,53 JUST BEHIND THE
OTHER UFA OLYMPIA ATHLETE ZEWDINESH GEBREYES.
FOR ZEWDINEH AND
BIRTUKAN ANOTHER PB, only one day after their new PB
ZEWDINESH WAS SECOND IN 4.18.65.
In the same meeting in
the 5000m men,
3 UFA OLYMPIA ATHLETES WERE IN THE FIRST 5
YEHWALAESHT 2nd PLACE IN 14.07”.40
ZELALEM BACHA 3rd
DEBELU NIGUSU 5th
Tompkins Named President of Spira®
Jim Tompkins Named
President of Spira®
TEXAS (August 9, 2010) — El
Footwear announces the hiring of
Jim Tompkins, the former
President and Chief Operating
Officer of New Balance Athletic
Shoe Inc., as President of the
past year, Tompkins has served
in an advisory role to direct
the development and expansion of
product at Spira. Tompkins'
unique leadership delivered
positive results in numerous
executive positions, both in the
United States and Europe for 25
years at New Balance. He served
the past nine years as President
and Chief Operating Officer
until stepping down in June
2009. When Tompkins took the
helm in December of 1999, New
Balance employed more than 2,000
people and reported worldwide
sales in 1998 of $630 million.
Under Tompkins' leadership, New
Balance doubled its global
workforce and reported worldwide
sales in 2008 of $1.63 billion.
Spira founder and Chief
Executive Officer Andy Krafsur
initially hired Tompkins as a
consultant to oversee product
design, development, sourcing
and manufacturing, and to
spearhead by the company's
state-of-the-art energy return
and suspension system — compact
WaveSprings embedded in the
midsole — and guide it to
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excited to have Jim serve as
President of Spira. He is one of
the most well liked and
respected executives in our
industry and provides a unique
combination of experience,
leadership, passion and
integrity,” said Andy Krafsur.
offers Tompkins the rare
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excited to have Jim as part of
the Spira® team!
Bogale of Ethiopia holds off Ireland's Ciara Mageean in the
women's 1500m final
Ethiopia's Tizita Bogale duly won the race but Ciara
Mageean with a stunning performance managed to upset
the expected African domination when winning the
silver medal ahead of Nancy Chepkwemoi on the final
day of the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships at
the Stade de Moncton.
Bogale after dominating her semi final, proved the
stronger in the finishing straight to produce a PB
4:08.06 as she pulled away from the unrated Irish
athlete with Kenya's Nancy Chepkwemoi struggling
behind them clocking 4:11.04.
"This is my first time competing at the
Championships and I'm delighted to have won it,"
said Bogale. "The race was very competitive. There
was a fierce struggle for the win and I am happy to
withstood all that."
Indeed Bogale's victory the first for her country
since Abebech Nigussie's success a decade ago, was
nearly thwarted by the Mageean who ran an incredible
Asmerawork Bekele who came into the race as the
fastest performer but has been ill recently finished
last. The Ethiopian struggling from the beginning of
the race at least finished and her time of 4:30.02
was nowhere a true reflection of her ability for the
Mageean who set an unheralded National record of
4:15.46 a year ago in Finland and who only came into
contention in the last 500m of the race, reduced
that mark to a fantastic 4:09.51.
Athletes win again! A Double for Bekele and Bogale in Spain.
1st and 2nd place in
the prestigious 6th Meeting Iberoamericano in Huelva
Azmerawork Bekele – just won the 1500m Women race–
in a time of 4:08:30 – setting a new meeting record
(aged just 18)
Tizita Bogale Ashame – came second in a time of
4:08:78 (aged 17)
They are now 2nd and 3rd in the IAAF world junior
ranking 2010 and they are selected for the World
Junior Championship in Canada in July. Both the
athletes are sponsored by SPIRA, our technical
These athletes are now on a tour of European
Meetings and on Saturday 12th June will compete in
the same meeting we will have also the international
debut for Zelalem Bacha Regasa in 5000m Men race; he
is one of Olympia’s athletes belonging to the “Poor
No More” program.
The quality of athletes coming out of Olympia
Altitude Training Center in Addis Ababa, East Africa
are of world class standard at all distances. The
marathon field is led by Mizuno sponsored athlete
Alemehyu Shumye with a personal best of 2:08 in
Frankfurt during the Fall.
Olympia ATC is not only a center for Elite Athletes
but an “open to all” residential training center
located at 2600m above sea level in the highlands of
East Africa. Specialized programs are created for
each resident and are followed by the best coaches
in Ethiopia. Through dedication to short training
sessions of 24 days serious athletes at any level
can naturally enhance their performance by as much
as ten minutes off their personal best in the
marathon distance, and see remarkable improvements
at any other distance.
Olympia ATC also has a charity program called “Poor
No More” which selects underprivileged youths with
running potential and supports them in their
training and education – read more on our website.
more information contact
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elite runners overcome bomb scare to win the Pittsburgh
Alena Vinitskaya won the women’s fields and Nikolay
Kerimov won the master’s division last Sunday at the
2010 Pittsburgh Marathon despite the threat of a
suspected bomb scare. A suspicious device near the
finish line prompted police to stop the race ten
minutes after the men’s winner crossed the finish
line. However, bomb squads disabled what is now
believed to be a microwave. The disruption came a
day after a car-bomb scare in New York emptied Times
The event had a record number of participants as
16,000 people took to the streets of Pittsburgh on a
rainy and damp day. The race was interrupted after
police found the suspicious microwave on the
sidewalk. Both the marathon and half marathon
courses were routed in a different direction while
the bomb squad studied the object. Despite the
scare, race times and distances were not affected.
Spira elite runner, Alena Vinitskaya of Belarus,
Russia won in 2:42:33. After running most of the
race with American Phoebe Ko, Vinitskaya made her
move at mile 15 and went on to win the race from
there in 2:42:33. Spira elite runner Nikolay
Kerimov from Gainesville, Florida won the master’s
division title finishing at 2:33:12.
Congratulations to Vinitskaya and Kerimov for these
outstanding victories--not even the bomb scare could
prevent another Spira win!
does it again
Altitude Training Center
Ababa does it again… powered by Spira! The
Cracow Marathon was fought out on Sunday 25th
April, an auspicious date, sharing the glory with
London Marathon. While
their finish time in London was
2:05 the Cracow Marathon boasted a more
the men and
the women; the day in Cracow was very windy and
therefore the race was not as fast as expected…. but
First Place is First Place!.
The runners were powered by the amazing Spira
Technology shoes and clothes, and were able to see
off a competitive field. The power of the Spira
shoes is in the wave spring technology used in the
sole of the shoe. Springs are used instead of gel or
air pockets and return a percentage of the energy
back to the runner.
“Olympia continues to grow and develop athletes all
over the world… watch out for more victories
together with our partners Spira!” declared Antonio
Nannoni, the Altitude Training Center Director.
Awada trains in Africa for Zurich Marathon
The Beirut Marathon
Association is supporting the Lebanese National
Men’s Marathon Champion in his push towards the
Zurich Marathon in April… it is expected that he
will break the Men’s national record when he runs
Hussein Awada is an outstanding runner, holding many
of the nation’s records in long distances, and
having just broken the National Half Marathon record
in Limassol in February 2010… a record that has
stood for 12 years.
Awada is currently in the Olympia Altitude Training
Center in Addis Ababa East Africa, being coached by
the top level Ethiopian coaches and living and
running at altitude with a great effort to break his
previous personal best of 2:20:24
Watch out for more as Hussein strives towards
qualifying for the Olympic Games in London England,
Half confirmed as the Place to Race
windless and sun-bathed spring morning in Ras Al
Khaimah greeted the record field of over 2,000
entrants on Friday for the 4th edition of the RAK
Half Marathon, but although the 7.20am start was
designed to suit the massed elite ranks, it was a
day of "merely" fast times, not records.
That's actually not strictly true, as in a stunning
half marathon debut, Turkey's double Olympic silver
medalist Elvan Abeylegesse tore through the last
6km, after a stuttering first 15km, to set a new
course record of 1:07:07 defeating a stellar field
of top road racers including several more fancied
former compatriots from Ethiopia. The first eight
women dipped under 69 minutes confirming the
strength in depth.
the men's contest, the expected challenge of Deriba
Merga (ETH) faltered as the prolific racer and
regular front runner inexplicably stepped off the
road at 18km when the pack had reduced to four,
opening the way for yet another Kenyan win, this
time Geoffrey Mutai taking the honors in 59:43. The
first four men broke the hour however, strengthening
RAK's reputation as a venue for lightening quick
Abeylegesse, her post-race comments suggested a
hidden frustration, "If the pace had been faster and
steadier, my time could have been a lot quicker. I
felt easy at 15km (48:03) and it was only then I
decided to start pushing the pace."
After working under Croatian coach Nicola Boric for
just ten weeks, this was an important career move
for the tiny 27 year old who understands and speaks
better English than her naturally shy demeanor lets
on. She insisted after the race that her marathon
debut would still have to wait till after the 2012
Olympics, but did admit to being excited by what
more she can do over this new distance.
early pace (16:02 for 5km) was disappointing in the
perfect conditions (18C at the start), but hopes
rose of something special as the big pack passed
10km in 31:54 (a 15:52 split). However, 15km in
48:03 meant a 16:09 split and any chance of a shot
at the targeted world record (66:25, Lornah Kiplagat,
Udine 07) was gone. At that point, the group of six
included the winner, and five Ethiopians, Teyba
Erkesso, Aselefech Mergia, Koren Yal, Mare Dibaba
and defending RAK champion Dire Tune.
Just as Tune had turned the screw in the late winds
that spoiled last year's record attempts, firstly
Erkesso then Abeylegesse, the only track specialist
in the group, picked up the pace with the latter
ripping a 15:44 split to 20km to test her far more
experienced rivals. Surprisingly while Tune dropped
back quickly, it was Dibaba and Mergia who hung on
the longest, though even they couldn't live with the
withering home straight surge from the Turk.
While Abeylegesse's winning time is the quickest
debut ever, Dibaba improved her own best to 1:07:13
as runner up, with ever consistent Mergia third
place breaking new ground in 1:07:22, beating her
personal best from last year's RAK runner up
performance. Teyba Erkesso - also a lifetime best -
and Dire Tune followed through under 68 minutes,
with Atsede Habtamu (ETH), Hilda Kibet (NED) and
Agnes Kiprop (KEN) all under 69 minutes. Ten miles
had been passed in 51:28, only twelve seconds
outside Colleen de Reuck's 51:16 world best.
Such has been the quality of the men's running in
each of the three previous years at RAK, that
Mutai's performance seemed almost anti-climactic,
but as in the women's race, the early pace did the
main protagonists no favours and a sense of "what
might have been" prevailed. In 2007, the unheralded
Sammy Wanjiru won in 58:53; in 2007 Patrick Makau
took the first of two consecutive titles, in 59:35,
followed by a 58:52 course record twelve months
later - still the No.2 performance all time
now this - a 59:43 clocking, though not a personal
best for Mutai, seen as a relative failure in only
the fourth year of the event; how so? Well
conditions were perfect, but the pack chose to
ignore the pace making and as in the women's
contest, started cautiously, with Jairus Chanchima
(59:43 in Lille last September) leading a pack of
thirteen through 5km in 14:04 - already 14 seconds
outside of schedule. Thirteen became seven at 10km
(28:11) by which time all thoughts of a world record
had gone, the 14:07 split for that 5km continuing
the theme. At this stage, an unusually restrained
race from Deriba Merga meant no-one was prepared to
push on and the subsequent splits times of 42:33 at
15km (a 14:22 5km, six in contention) and 56:52 at
20km (14:19, four left in it) made even the one hour
mark look precarious. Almost unnoticed en route, ten
miles had been passed in 45:45
28 year old Mutai however, this was a further
indicator that he's a man to watch. Last November he
won the Valencia Half in 59:30, and here he had the
confidence to be the first to start pushing the pace
at around 18km. Complaining afterwards that the
humidity was high, he none the less controlled the
last mile, burning up the last 1.097km in 2:51 for a
six second win from debutante - though established
marathon runner - Tadese Tola, who's 59:49 is some
debut! Titus Masai (KEN) with 59:51 set a personal
best, having run 60:00 exactly in Nice last April,
and the fourth man under the hour was Getu Feleke
(ETH) with 59:56, another lifetime best.
temperature climbs rapidly in RAK on spring days and
the window of opportunity at the start of the day is
narrow. In both races this year, the sense of an
opportunity missed was almost tangible, yet the tiny
Emirate served up two great races, fast times, a
thirty percent increase in the overall field size,
and over a quarter of a million dollars in prize
money. No wonder its reputation amongst the global
elite as "the place to race" is enhanced; without
doubt, a number of records in RAK, are living on
continues winning streak, unknown Jida takes shock men’s
title - Sululta Cross Country -
Koreni Jelila (ETH)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Koreni Jelila, the
2009 Ethiopian Airlines Great Ethiopian Run
10km winner, and unknown Gishu Jida were the
winners of the women’s and men’ senior
titles at the 3rd Sululta Cross Country
meeting- the fourth part of the domestic
cross country series organized by the
Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) - in
Sululta, 20 kilometres north of the
Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Middle distance runner Shito Wincha also
grabbed a surprise win over favorite Genet
Yalew in the junior women’s race with
Azmeraw Bekele winning the junior men’s
Jelila grabs third win in four races –
senior women’s race
There was little surprise in the senior
women’s race as Jelila continued her
outstanding form this season with her third
victory in four races since September. The
25-year-old, who made a successful debut in
the Venice Marathon in October by finishing
second in a respectable 2:28.41; has made a
stunning transformation winning cross
country races in Sendafa and now in Sululta,
while taking a dominant victory in the 2009
Ethiopian Airlines Great Ethiopian Run 10km
two months ago.
In Sululta, Jelila had another difficult
field to contend with, with World
championships marathon bronze medallist
Asselefech Mergia, 2008 World junior Cross
Country silver medallist Emebet Eta, and
World junior 5000m champion Sule Utura
posing a realistic challenge to her winning
Jelila and Utura exchanged leads in front of
a large pack of ten athletes for the first
2km of the four-lap 8km contest. Utura
threatened a major breakaway at the halfway
point, but Jelila stuck with her and made
her own decisive breakthrough at 6km to take
victory in 28:30.03. Utura was three second
behind the race winner in 28:33.49 with
unknown Fayesse Tadesse crossing the line in
third, some 13 seconds behind Utura.
“The wind was too difficult and made the
competition difficult,” Jelila said. “I am
not sure if I will take part in Jan Meda
(Ethiopia’s world cross country trials), but
I would definitely want to participate in
Jida shocks Chane – men’s senior race
Domestic cross country races in Ethiopia
rarely throw in surprise winners as the
tough racing conditions tends to favor
experienced runners. But Gishu Jida’s
victory in Sululta took even the experienced
observers by surprise in what was expected
to be a successful homecoming for Abera
Chane, winner of the domestic cross country
races in Sendafa and Bahir Dar, who took an
impressive victory in Italy last Sunday.
Yetwale Kinde, 32nd in the World junior race
in Amman last year, led the strong field
through the opening 2kms and was later
joined by Jida. Their brave front running
tactics caught the attention of the crowd,
but they were closely checked by experienced
runners like Chane, Imane Merga (fourth in
the World championships 10,000m), Yemane
Tsegaye (fourth in the World championships
marathon), and Habtamu Fekadu (fifth in the
2008 World cross country senior race).
The large group stayed together until the
last kilometre when Chane and Jida made a
penultimate breakaway. Many expected Chane
to use his experience to best his young
understudy, but Jida surprised everyone when
he coasted past the experienced runner to
take victory in 37:45:61. Chane held off the
challenge from Fekadu Lema to finish second.
“The competition wasn’t easy, especially the
wind made it so difficult,” Jida said. “I
want to do well like our hero athletes. I
want to repeat Kenenisa (Bekele)’s success
on cross country.”
Victories for Wincha and Bekele - junior
In the junior women’s 6km, Shito Wincha took
a surprise victory over Genet Yalew and
Emebet Anteneh, who had finished third and
fourth in the World youth championships
3000m in Bressanone last year.
Her decisive move came in the 4km where she
evaded the intentions of early leader
Meseret Mengistu to take victory in
21:06.32, five and 12 seconds ahead of Yalew
and Anteneh respectively. Her victory was
all the more surprising because Wincha
normally runs the 800m and 1500m and has
very little experience over the cross
“The competition was good,” said Wincha. “It
is my first time to run in Sululta. I was
winner of Addis Ababa cross country
championships and I want to win again in the
Jan Meda (Ethiopia’s world cross country
trials). Then I want to compete in Poland
representing my country and I want to be
The men’s junior also produced another
unlikely winner with Azmeraw Bekele taking
victory. After a largely congested first
half of the race, Bekele (no relation to
Kenenisa Bekele) made two moves that won him
the race. The first came at 6km where he
moved to the front of a leading group of
nine runners. The second was another burst
of speed which took him clear of early
leader Million Yehualashet for victory in
“The competition today wasn’t tough for me,”
he said. “But a week before, I was fourth in
a race in Assela and was trying not to
repeat the same mistake I did there. Today
was windy but because I trained well, it
wasn’t difficult. In the coming month, I
want to take part on the trials and get a
result that would help me take part in
Elshadai Negash (with the assistance of
Tadele Assefa) for the IAAF
Senior MEN (12 km):
1. Gishu Jida (Oromiya Prisons)
2. Abera Chane (Geta Zeru)
3. Fekadu Lemma (Defense)
4. Habtamu Fekadu (Defense)
5. Yetwale Kinde (Defense)
6. Dereje Abera (Betel Teaching)
Senior WOMEN (8km):
1. Koreni Jelila
Sule Utura (Defense)
3. Feyisse Tadesse (Federal
4. Fate Tola (Oromiya Police)
Asselefech Mergia (Federal Police)
6. Asenakech Mengistu (Oromiya
1. Azmeraw Bekele (FPP) 24:40:76
2. Millioin Yehualashet (Muger
3. Belete Asefa (FPP) 25:12:97
4. Alemu Terfessa (FPP) 25:13:00
5. Bilisuma Shuge (Unattached)
6. Fekire Asefa (Muger Cement)
Junior WOMEN (6 km):
1. Shito Wincha (Defense) 21:06:32
2. Genet Yalew (Defense) 21:11:31
3. Emebet Anteneh (Defense)
4. Shitaye Esgete (Unattached)
5. Zehara Kedir (Oromiya Police)
6. Meseret Mengistu (Oromiya
Federal Prisons Police = FPP
sweep at the Cross della Vallagarina- Italy - 17 January
Abere Chane en route to a comfortable win at
the Cross della Vallagarina
Villa Lagarina, ITA - Ethiopia dominated the
33rd edition of the Cross della Vallagarina
near Rovereto on Sunday (January 17, 2010)
by taking the win in both the men’s race
with Abere Chane and the women’s race with
Men’s race -
Chane killed off the competition with a
gun-to-tape race taking the lead from the
early stages of the 8.8 km race. Abere, who
finished fifth at the 2004 IAAF World Junior
Championships in Grosseto in the 10,000m and
has run a PB of 27:47 over the distance,
went to the lead during the first lap. The
only athlete who was able to follow the
Ethiopian was Ukrainian 2:10:36 marathoner
Vasyl Matvichuk who tried to close the gap
on Chane during the first lap.
Matvichuk, who is
planning to run the Marathon at the European
Championships in Barcelona next summer,
managed to keep up with Chane briefly on
the downhill section of the course during
the first lap but his effort probably took
its toll uphills when Chane pushed the pace
increasing his gap to 20 metres.
Meanwhile the chasing group formed by
Italian runners Stefano La Rosa, Gabriele De
Nard, Yuri Floriani, Gianmarco Buttazzo and
Martin Dematteis fought for third place but
they were well behind. During the second lap
Chane continued to push the pace carving out
a solid margin over Matvichuk which proved
to be decisive. The Ethiopian continued to
pull away lap after lap with a margin of
more than 20 seconds at the bell. During the
last lap he continued his stroll taking the
win at a canter in 25:52 by 29 seconds over
Matvichuk. During the third lap Matvichuk
suffered from a stitch but managed to hold
on defending his second place in 26:21
prevailing by five seconds over Stefano La
Rosa, third overall and first among the
“It was a very good race. It was a easy win
but the course was tough with a lot of ups
and downs. I am now returning to Ethiopia
for the National Cross Country
Championships”, said Chane, who won the
Vienna Silvester race on 31 December.
Women’s race -
In the women’s race a quartet formed by 2006
European Cross Country Championships Tatyana
Holovchenko, the two young Ethiopians
Asmerawork Bekele and Tizita Bogale, and
local favourite Federica Dal Ri went to the
front from the early stages. Holovchenko was
the first to launch an attack during the
first lap. The Ukrainian kept the pace in
the front closely followed by the two young
Ethiopians and Dal Ri, who won last year in
Vallagarina ahead of Holovchenko.
Bogale, who was born in 1993 and finished
fifth in the 800m at the IAAF World Youth
Championships in Bressanone last summer, and
Bekele launched their decisive attack
during the second lap breaking away from the
European pair of Dal Ri and Holovchenko. Dal
Ri managed to pull away from Holovchenko
uphill during the second lap.
Bogale and Bekele battled it out for the win
during the third and last lap. They ran a
neck-to-neck race until the final metres
when Bekele edged out her compatriot in a
dramatic final sprint into the finish-line.
They shared the same final time of 18:37.
Dal Ri, who finished 19th at the European
Cross Country Championships in Dublin and
third at the Campaccio on 6 January, took
third place to the delight of local crowd
and the local Quercia Rovereto athletics
team for which the Italian runner started
her career. Holovchenko finished a distant
fourth in 19:17, 25 seconds behind Dal Ri.
Bekele was born in 1991. She has clocked
4:10 in the 1500m but is planning to run
over longer distances in the future. She
finished ninth in the 1500m at the IAAF
World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz
2008. During 2009 she finished fourth in the
1500m at the Ethiopian Championships and
seventh at the National Cross Country
Championships. More recently she won the
Vienna Silvester Race on 31 December.
“I am returning to Ethiopia for the National
Cross Championships. I am aiming at
qualifying for the World Cross Country
Championships in Bydszgoxz on 28 March. The
half marathon may become my distance for the
future,” the young Ethiopian said.
Final sprint between
Asmerawork Bekele and Tizita Bogale
MEN (8.8 km)
1. Abere Chane, ETH 25:52
Vasyl Matvich, UKR 26:21
3. Stefano La Rosa, ITA 26:26
4. Gabriele De Nard, ITA 26:29
5. Yury Floriani, ITA 26:42
6. Gianmarco Buttazzo, ITA 26:44
7. Martin Dematteis, ITA 26:49
8. Stefano Scaini, ITA 26:57
Bernard Dematteis, ITA 27:01
10. Josef Katib, GER 27:17
WOMEN (5.6 km)
1. Asmerawork Bekele, ETH 18:37
Tizita Bogale, ETH 18:37
3. Federica Dal Ri, ITA 18:52
4. Tetyana Holovchenko, UKR 19:17
5. Renate Rungger, ITA 19:36
6. Simona Santini, ITA 19:37
7. Livia Toth, HUN 19:39
8. Ivana Iozzia, ITA 19:44
La Barbera, ITA 19:45
10 .Silvia La Barbera, ITA 19:49
Austria – 31 December 2009
Peuerbach Austria on December 31st was a
stunning victory for Olympia Athletes… we took first
place in the men and the women’s race… imagine
running at an average pace of 2:46 per km for 6.8km
– almost 22km/hr… just to realize how fast that is,
go to the gym, get on the treadmill and go as fast
as you can! Maximum the machine only goes about
18km/hr – add another 3k/hr to that! Then imagine
running that for 6km! That’s what it means to be an
Well done to the athletes and
looking forward to seeing greater things in 2010…
Austria Men Results
Austria Women Results
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26th ... Another New Lebanese records...
Olympia altitude training
center has impacted the Female Lebanese National record
by 8 minutes…
Maria Pia Nehme hosted at Olympia for three weeks prior
to their participation in Zurich Marathon. Her training
was overseen by the center’s coaches and she was
personally followed by her coach Antonio Nannoni. She
finalized her training in high altitude: work was
intensive and she trained together with the Olympia
professional Ethiopian athletes. The outcome of her
experience at the center was the achievement of her
first big target: to regain the Lebanese Marathon Record
that Marie Bejjani set only 3 weeks before!
not only improved her personal best by over 11 minutes,
but lowered the National record by almost 8 minutes: her
time of 3h00.01 set a new page in the history of
Athletics in Lebanon. Maria will prepare now for running
under 3 hours and she is confident
that with some more time at the center she will be able
to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012.
26th ... Impressive results achieved in Zurich
achieved in Zurich Marathon 2009…
Olympia athletes were the protagonists of the race.
Olympia athlete ETAFERAHU TAREKEGN gained the
third position in Women Open category and she
set her new PB with a time of 2h 34.05. The
defending champion Tadelech Birra (also from
Olympia) had to surrender after 15K for a
problem in one leg. On the men side, Olympia
athletes got the 4th and 5th position overall:
Teferi Wodajo was 4th in an impressive time of
2h10.47 and the debutant Dagim Getnet who
started as pacer up to 21k , finished the race
Hailu won in women category
Alemtsehay Hailu and Tadelech Birra
dominated the BLOM Beirut
Marathon on November 30…
The women’s race was
dominated by the Ethiopians, Alemtsehay Hailu winning in
2:37:20, from Tadelech Birra, 2:37:58, with Wudnesh Nega
third in 2:39:09.
Both the athletes train regularly with Olympia
Halemtsehay (center) and Tadelech
obliterates Beirut Marathon Record
Alemayehu SHUMYE from Ethiopia won the BLOM BEIRUT
Marathon on November 30...
obliterating the course record by over four minutes in
the process, with 2:12:47. Shumye won by over three
minutes, and another Ethiopian, Hussen Adem third in
2:16:44. All the two runners inside the previous
record of 2:17:04, set by Paul Rugut of Kenya, in the
inaugural race in 2003. The two runners are training
with Olympia team.
“After 28k, I had to go by myself,” he said immediately
after the race. “The pace was too slow, but it was very
windy also, and a little hot. If not, I could do 2:11
today in Beirut.
Shumye comes from Nazret and he took up running four
years ago, after moving to the Ethiopian capital. “I
started because of Haile, I want to be like him,” he
said. Alemayehu trains with Olympia team and next he
will train to compete in RAK Half marathon in February.
His goal is to run under 60’ in this race…….
prepares for Beirut – Nov 30
Marathon will be powerfully presided over by Olympia Athletes
and by trainees from the center a team of 2 athletes and 2 pacers in the men’s category will secure the
course record and first and second place with a pair of 2:11’s leading the field.
Pacers will take the group to 21k and 33k.
The women’s field will be headed by two athletes from Olympia Lebanese record holder Hussein Awada and running partner Omar Issa have been
in the camp for six weeks this year preparing to smash their previous PB of 2:20:36 and 2:24:36
Former Lebanese Record Holder Daoud Mustapha is also a lead contender in the
The value of High Altitude Training combined with focused intensity in
training join together to make this an historic moment in Lebanese Marathon history
Warsaw Marathon sees Olympia win
Flora Warsaw Marathon was dominated by the power of Olympia’s
clean sweep of first three places went to Olympia athletes… with a
stunning course record breaking performance, athlete Alemayehu
Shumye went on to win the race in 2:11:50 against a headwind.
29th … New records set in Berlin…
Olympia altitude training center has impacted the Lebanese National
record by a stunning 7 minutes…
Hussein Awada and Omar Issa, both of the Lebanese Army team were hosted
at Olympia for three weeks prior to their participation in the Real
Berlin Marathon. Their training was overseen by the center’s coaches and
their work was intensive.
The outcome of their experience at the center was the achievement of
their lifetime goals: to be the best that there is in Lebanon. Both
Awada and Issa improved their personal best by over 7 minutes, and both
are confident that with some more time at
the center they will be able to
the London Olympics in 2012.