Friday, July 13, 2007

2012 Olympics Preview

In five years time, the Olympic Games will return to London, England after 64 years. Of course, Beijing Olympics will take place next year, so London may still seem far away. But some athletes, including Haile Gebrselassie, are already talking about competing in London in 2012.

Haile may or may not make it to London five years from now, but the likely stars of that Olympic are on display this week at the 5th IAAF World Youth Championships held in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The championships started yesterday and will go through Sunday (July 11-15).

Ethiopian athletes whose names may become household names by 2012 include Sule Utura, Mahlete Melese, Genzebe Dibaba (yep, that family), Abera Gutema, and Ayele Abshiro. It is worth remembering these names because past editions of these championships have produced our current stars including Kenenisa Bekele, Tariku Bekele, and Meseret Defar.

The ten member Ethiopian squad competing this week is led by the promising Sule Utura, who has recorded a meteoric rise in a short period of time. Day 2 of the Championships was concluded today and Ethiopia is currently tied for 11th place on the Medal Table with one Silver and one Bronze medal.

Best wishes for Ethiopia’s future stars.

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