Rio Olympics: Two Oromo women athletes from different countries

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Sifan Hassan

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Sifan Hassan (Oromo: Siifan Hassan; born on January 1, 1993 in Adama, Oromia) is an Oromia-Dutch middle- and long-distance runner. She is the Dutch indoor record holder for the 1500 metres and 3000 metres and was the under-23 winner at the 2013 European Cross Country Championships. Hassan won the gold medal at 1500 m at the European Athletics Championships Zürich 2014.

As a 15 year old girl in 2008, Sifan Hassan came to the Netherlands as a refugee. After some years staying in different places she picked up her running again. She found out she had the talent to compete internationally and decided to not only focus on her nursing study but on running as well. Therefor she moved to the National Training Centre in Papendal which turned out to be a good choice.
Sifan made huge progressions by lowering her 800m, 1500m and her 3000m personal bests. She won the 1500m at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting, finished second behind Abeba Aregawi in the Lausanne Diamond League, and took the third place in Stockholm. Only Meseret Defar and Mercy Cherono were faster that day.

After Sifan received her Dutch passport in November 2013, she traveled to the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade as one of the favorites for the U23 title and she won her first European title.

The 2014 season brought her new personal bests and national records as she broke the 2:00 barrier in the 800m, the 4:00 barrier in the 1500m and the 8:30 barrier in the 3000m. She set a world leading time of 3:57.00 in the Paris Diamond League. Sifan travelled to the European Championships in Zurich with this WL time and as the clear favorite for gold, but therefor she had to beat Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi. Abeba could not follow Sifan in the final meters and placed second behind European Champion Sifan Hassan. As the newly crowned European Champion, all competitors in the 5000m were keeping an eye on Sifan. But she could not win the race due to a tactical mistake and some tiredness from the 1500m final. She won a beautiful silver medal behind Meraf Bahta.

The 2015 season started off really well for Sifan by breaking the national record in the 1500m indoor (4:00.46). Later on she won the golden medal at the European Indoor Championships in Prague. She continued winning races and breaking records in the outdoor season. She ran a fast 3:56.05 in Monaco which was another National Record for her. At the World Championships in Beijing she won the bronze medal behind Dibaba and Kipyegon.

The indoor season in 2016 went really well for Sifan Hassan as she won the gold medal at the World Championships Indoor in Portland. She started her outdoor season at the European Championships in Amsterdam where she won the silver medal in the 1500m.

Sifan’s personal bests

800m: 1:58.50
1000m: 2:34.68
1500m: 3:56.05
3000m: 8:29.38
5000m: 14:59.23

2016 Summer Olympics – Athletes
Sifan Hassan Finalist in 1500m


Genzebe Dibaba

genzebeGenzebe Dibaba Keneni (Afaan Oromo: Ganzabee Dibaabaa; born 8 February 1991 in Bokoji, Oromia) is an middle- and long-distance runner. She is the sister of three-times Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medallist Ejegayehu Dibaba, and the cousin of former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu.
She was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m, and is the reigning 2014 World Indoor Champion and World Indoor Record Holder in the 3000 m. She represented Ethiopia at the 2012 Summer Olympics and has twice competed at the World Championships in Athletics (2009 and 2011). She was highly successful as a junior (under-20) athlete, having won two junior world cross country titles and one world junior 5000 m gold medal. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, she became World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event. She was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the 2014 year alongside male winner counterpart Novak Djokovic and was 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year.

She is the current world record holder for the 1500 m (both indoor and outdoor), the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, the indoor mile, and the indoor two mile.

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 5th Junior race (6 km) 21:23
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 1st Junior race (6.04 km) 19:59
World Junior Championships in Athletics Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 5000 m 16:16.75
2009 World Cross Country Championships Amman, Jordan 1st Junior race (6 km) 20:14
Ethiopian Athletics Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 5000 m
African Junior Championships Bambous, Mauritius 1st 5000 m 16:11.85
World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 5000 m 15:11.12
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 1st 5000 m 15:08.06
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 1500 m 4:05.78
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 8th 1500 m 4:05.99
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 1st 3000 m 8:55.04
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 1st 1500 m 4:08.09
3rd 5000 m 14:44.14
2016 Globen Galan meeting Stockholm, Sweden 1st Indoor mile 4:13.31
World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 1st 3000 m 8:47.43

Personal bests[edit]

Type Event Time Date Place Notes
Outdoor 1500 metres 3:50.07 17 July 2015 Monaco, Monaco World record
3000 metres 8:26.21 9 May 2014 Doha, Qatar
5000 metres 14:15.41 4 July 2015 Paris, France
Indoor 1500 metres 3:55.17 1 February 2014 Karlsruhe, Germany World record
3000 metres 8:16.60 6 February 2014 Stockholm, Sweden World record
Mile 4:13.31 17 February 2016 Stockholm, Sweden World record
Two miles 9:00.48 15 February 2014 Birmingham, England World best
5000 metres 14:18.86 19 February 2015 Stockholm, Sweden World record[30]

2016 Summer Olympics – Athletes
Genzebe Dibaba Finalist in 1500m

3 Responses to Rio Olympics: Two Oromo women athletes from different countries

  1. Truth Prevails August 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    OMN needs to educate the whole world about the Oromo people by using Sports (telling the whole world that oromians are world record holders in both men and women – for more than 30 years. Such a national achievement has neither happened, nor recorded by any other nation on this word. Please, combine all qualities and achivements of the Oromo people with #Oromoprotest, so that thw world hears and knows about the oromo more and more!!!

  2. Garbitti Ajjessa August 16, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    OROMO GIRLS ARE MORE THAN GOLD & DIAMOND, EQUIPPED WITH GRACE, BEAUTY, TALENTS, THE GOLD OROMO BRAUGHT HOME SINCE Abe be Bikila everest sizes. EVEN WHEN AT HOME THERE PARENTS HOMES ARE BEING BROKEN DOWN FAMILY MEMBERS ROUNDED UP AND KILLED, OROMO
    BROUGHT GLORY HOME.

    In Oromia millions are faced Genocides at the hands of migrant regime who came barefoot 600 Kilo meters to Central Oromia. Oromo are in concentration camps that are hostile in every measures such as Awash Arba.
    Oromo are unsafe in own homes, where Genocidal regime breaks into without court orders kills all families.
    In no history, Oromo are exiled in millions as the current time.

    UN MUST FORCE THE MIGRANT REGIME OF MEKELE, TO INVESTIGATE WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING EACH DAY IN OROMIA.
    CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 3 YEARS ARE BEING HOSED DOWN WITH DEADLY MILITARY WEAPONS.
    EXPECTING MOTHERS BEING KILLED WITH UNBORN.
    GENOCIDES, AGAINST THREE GENERATIONS ARE THE WORST FORM, & UN should not waste precious time. CRIMINAL TPLF MUST BE REMOVED OUT OF Oromia to create UN buffer Zones

  3. muqdisho man August 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    sifan hasan is very kind of girl.i live in holand,i watch sometimes her from dutch tv.

    i watched sifan hasan 2 weeks ago when dutch tv took interview with her.
    dutch reporter asked her about what she thinks ethiopia,
    sifan said about ethiopia, its a prison country.i agree with her 100%,she is r8t ethiopia is a guantanamobay.

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