Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) announced yesterday the names of men and women athletes who will represent Ethiopia at the Rio 2016 Olympics to be held in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
MEN: TESFAYE ABERA, LEMI BERHANU, FEYISA LELISA
RESERVES: KENENISA BEKELE, ADHANE YEMANE, LELISA DESISA
Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa finished third at the London Marathon held last month. The men’s team comprises the winners of three of the world’s biggest marathons so far this year: Dubai Marathon champion Tesfaye Abera, Boston Marathon champion Lemi Berhanu and Tokyo Marathon champion Feyisa Lelisa.
Women: Mare Dibaba, Aberu Kebede, Aselefech Mergia
Reserves: Tigist Tufa, Tirfi Tsegaye
Dibaba, who equalled her lifetime best of 2:19:52 when winning last year’s Xiamen Marathon, is joined on the women’s team by two-time Berlin Marathon champion Aberu Kebede and three-time Dubai Marathon winner Aselefech Mergia.
Dubai Marathon champion Tirfi Tsegaye, who clocked a world-leading 2:19:41 earlier this year, and Tigist Tufa, who won the 2015 London Marathon and finished second in this year’s race, are the reserves for the women’s team.