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50th Anniversary of Rome Olympic Victory, Come Celebrate With Us. ON: September 19, 2010.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Captain Abebe Bikila’s marathon victory of Rome Olympic, the newly reconstructed tomb statue inauguration ceremony will be held at St. Joseph church on October 25, 2010 at 10 AM. The inauguration will be attended by high government officials, his families, close friends, sport communities and the public in general.

Abebe Bikila's life time photo Exhibition

Abebe Bikila's family event organizing committee and Italian Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa representing Minister of Foreign Affairs-Italy have collaborated to organize the 50th anniversary of Abebe Bikila's Rome Olympic victory celebration events in Ethiopia. To demonstrate and bring back Rome Olympic victory feeling to the current generation, we have agreed to display Abebe Bikila's life time photo exhibition at Italian Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa. The exhibition will be opened on Sep. 7, 2010 with the presence of Ethiopian government officials, Ethiopian world class athletes, different country Ambassadors, AU, EU, UN, NGO's representatives, prominent business people and invited guests. The closing date will be on October 7, 2010. The closing day will be glorified with presence of the above mentioned guests and institutions and there will also be panel discussions and invited guest speaker from Italy. This special event will help to promote and enhance the two countries bilateral relationship to the highest level
Athletes of the Year
Monday Nov 23, 2009

Bolt and Richards are World Athletes of the Year – 2009 World Athletics Gala Monte-Carlo – During the celebrations of the World Athletics Gala hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack in the Salle des 

Great Run Ethiopia
Monday Nov 23, 2009

Teenager shatters Great Ethiopian Run record ADDIS ABABA: Youngster Tilahun Regassa on Sunday broke the course record for the men's Great Ethiopian Run, upsetting favorites in the annual 10 kilometre road race. The 19-year-old shaved 30 seconds off the previous record by clocking 28 minutes 36 second.

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Thursday Nov 12, 2009 - Monaco

2009 Athletes of the Year Finalists - Spotlight on Male Candidates

Monte-Carlo – As five male athletes are still in the running to become the 2009 World Athlete of the Year, let's take a look back at each of their individual major achievements for which they have duly been voted for…

Finalists are: (in alphabetical order)
Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia
Usain Bolt, Jamaica
Tyson Gay, USA
Steven Hooker, Australia
Andreas Thorkildsen, Norway

Kenenisa Bekele
27 years old
o Became the first man ever to win a 5000/10,000m double at the World Championships
o Has set a Championship record 26:46.31 in the longer event in Berlin
o Has won his third share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
o Has set the fastest times in the world this year at 5000 and 10,000m
o Remained undefeated at 3000, 5000 and 10,000m through 2009

Usain Bolt
23 years old
o Won three gold medals at the 100,200 and 4x100m at the Berlin World Championships
o Set two World records 9.58 at 100m and 19.19 at 200m in Berlin
o Won the World Athletics Final 200m in a competition record 19.68
o Has run 5 times under 9.90 and 3 times under 19.60
o Remained undefeated in finals at 100, 200 and 400m throughout 2009

Tyson Gay
27 years old
o Won the 100m silver medal at the Berlin World Championships
o Has become the second fastest 100m runner of all time at 9.69
o Has improved the American record three times and run 6 times under 9.95
o Won the World Athletics Final 100m in 9.88
o Has become the third fastest 200m of all-time at 19.58

Steve Hooker
27 years old
o Won the Berlin World Championships Pole Vault through injury taking only 2 jumps
o Has become the second highest pole vaulter of all-time with a 6.06 indoor clearance
o Has cleared the highest bar in 16 years
o Has jumped 3 times over 6 metres (indoors)
o Has won 8 out of 10 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009

Andreas Thorkildsen
27 years old
o Won the Berlin World Championships Javelin Throw gold medal
o Has established the year's farthest throw at 91.28m
o Has thrown 5 times over 88 metres in 2009
o Won the World Athletics Final at 87.75m
o Has won 9 out of 13 competitions in 2009

The winners of the 2009 World Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced live, on stage, during the 2009 World Athletics Gala, which will take place in Monaco, on 22 November 2009.

Top Men Athlete of the Year
Tuesday Nov 10, 2009 - Monaco

Bolt, Bekele Vie For Top Male Athlete Award

Published: November 9, 2009
Filed at 8:24 a.m. ET

LONDON (Reuters) - World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Kenenisa Bekele were among five contenders shortlisted for the male Athlete of the Year award Monday.

At this year's world championships Jamaica's Bolt added the 100 metre and 200m titles to the Olympic golds he won last year, when he was named the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) male Athlete of the Year, while Ethiopian Bekele did the same over 5,000 and 10,000m.

Also on the shortlist are American sprinter Tyson Gay, Australian pole vaulter Steve Hooker and Norway's javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen.

The women's shortlist will be released Tuesday with both winners being announced during the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on November 22.

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