The Ethiopian National team delivered a historic performance at the 2022 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Belgrade. Of the 12 total medals awarded for the two longest races (1500m and 3000m) the Ethiopians captured eight! Ethiopians won gold in all four races (men and women) and in the women's 1500m race, Ethiopia captured the first three spots. In the 800m, Freweyni Hailu won a silver for Ethiopia.
2. Freweyni Hailu
1. Gudaf Tsegay
2. Axumawit Embaye
3. Hirut Meshesha
1. Samuel Tefera
1. Lemlem Hailu
3. Ejgayehu Taye
1. Selemon Barega
2. Lamecha Girma
On the same weekend in New York, Ethiopia's Senbere Teferi won the prestigious NYC Half Marathon while setting a new course record. On the men's side, Teshome Mekonen placed 3rd.
Ethiopia is undoubtedly the land of the long distance runner and you can be part of it! Every November Africa's largest and greatest road race, The Great Ethiopian Run, is held on the streets of Addis Ababa. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in this 10k run. If you want to test yourself a bit more, the Hawassa Half Marathon is held every February in Hawassa, a scenic lakeside town less than four hours from Addis Ababa.
With the conclusion of the 2022 Africa’s Cup - won by Senegal’s “Lions of Teranga” - we are reminded that Ethiopia’s team was also once known as the “Lions”, specifically the “Black Lions” in honor of the black-maned Abyssinian Lion.
But today, the pride of Ethiopian Football are known as the “Walias,” named after the rugged antelope from the country’s highlands, the “Walia Ibex.” Although “Black Lions” was a very suitable name, several other African countries also use the name “Lion.” In addition to the “Lions of Teranga”, Morocco has the “Lions of Atlas” and Cameroon has the “Indomitable Lions.” Like the animal, the name “Walia” is unique to Ethiopia.
Football is tremendously popular throughout Ethiopia and visitors can see the Ethiopian Premier League at numerous stadiums throughout the country.
Below are the football teams of Ethiopia’s neighbors:
Eritrea - The Red Sea Boys
Djibouti - Riverains de la Mer Rouge (Shoremen of. The Red Sea)
Kenya - Harambee Stars (Harambee is the national motto “All Pull Together”)
Somalia - The Ocean Stars
South Sudan - The Bright Stars
Sudan - Falcons of Jediane