Ethopians runners make an assault on the Beijing Olympics

Kenenisa Bekele was named in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics.

Tirunesh Dibaba was also named in both events in the women’s event.

Although it is still uncertain if they will compete in both events.

“Bekele wants to run the two races,” the athlete’s agent Jos Hermens told AFP.

“He is in very good form and it will be a challenge for him. But it’s a little hard and he can change his mind after the 10,000m, because the 5,000m heats start two days after.”

Other Olympic hopefuls include Sileshi Sihine in the 10,000 and Tariku Bekele, who runs in the men’s 5,000 meter, Derese Mekonnen in the 1500 and Meseret Defar in the 5,000.

Here is the full Ethiopian Beijing Olympic squad:


Marathon: Tsegaye Kebede, Deriba Mergia, Gashaw Melese, Gudisa Shentema.

10000m: Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebresellasie, Sileshi Sihine, Ibrahim Jeylan.

5000m: Kenenisa Bekele, Tariku Bekele, Ali Abdosh, Abraham Cherkos.

3000m Steeplechase: Yacob Jarso, Nahom Mesfin, Roba Gari.

1500m: Demma Daba, Mulugeta Wodimu, Mekonnen Gebremedhin, Derese Mekonnen.


Marathon: Berhane Adere, Gete Wami, Dire Tune, Bewunesh Bekele.

10000m: Tirunesh Dibaba, Ejegayehu Dibaba, Mestawet Tufa, Wude Ayalew.

5000: Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, Meselech Melkamu, Belaynesh Fekadu.

3000m Steeplechase: Mekdes Bekele, Sofia Assefa, Zemzem Ahmed.

1500m: Gelete Burka, Meskerem Assefa.


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