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Oromia-Ethiopia: Oromian Athlete Meseret Defar Tola Needs Your Vote

Meseret Defar after getting crowned as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2007 (Photo: IAAF). To vote for Meseret Defar, click here (IAAF website).

The reigning 3K World Indoor Champion, Meseret Defar Tola, is a candidate for this year’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year.

IAAF cited the following as a reason for Meseret Defar’s selection:

World Indoor and Continental Cup titles at 3000m. World lead 14:24.79 at 5000m, set indoors

It is to be remembered that Meseret Defar was crowned as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2007 along with Tyson Gay of U.S.A. In 2006 Meseret Defar was among the top-three shortlisted nominees for the Athlete of the Year honor.

Meseret Defar is competing with 9 other women athletes for this year’s IAAF World Athlete of the Year honor. IAAF gives fans of the athletes a unique opportunity to help select the Athlete of the Year. Three athletes, with the most votes from fans as well as IAAF affiliated members, will be presented as finalists to a Special Jury of the International Athletic Foundation, which will then decide the winners of this year’s IAAF World Athlete of the Year title.

Athletes Haile Gebreselassie (1998) and Kenenisa Bekele (2004 and 2005), both hailing from Oromia, were crowned as IAAF World Athlete of the Year in the respective years shown. For the first time in several years, Kenenisa Bekele has not made this year’s top-ten IAAF athletes list.

To vote for Meseret Defar, click here (IAAF website).

The IAAF Athletes of the Year will be announced on November 21, 2010, at the IAAF World Athletics Gala in Monaco.

In 2010 Meseret Defar has had a busy athletics season competing in both indoor and outdoor meets in 1500m, Half Marathon, 3000m and 5000m. Here’s a tally of her performances in 2010 from IAAF:

  Performance Place Date
1500 Metres – Outdoor 4:02.00* New York City, NY June 12, 2010
Half Marathon – Outdoor 1:07:45 Philadelphia, PA September 19, 2010
3000 Metres – Outdoor 8:36.09 Lausanne, Switzerland July 08, 2010
5000 Metres – Outdoor 14:38.87* Hengelo, The Netherlands May 30, 2010
3000 Metres – Indoor 8:24.46 Stuttgart, Germany February 06, 2010
5000 Metres – Indoor 14:24.79** Stockholm, Sweden February 10, 2010
3000 Metres – IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 9:03.33 Split, Croatia September 04, 2010
3000 Metres – 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 8:51.17 Doha, Qatar March 13, 2010

* Meseret Defar’s Personal Best
** World Lead

To vote for Meseret Defar, click here (IAAF website).

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  1. zelu:

    October 23, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    She deserve to be best athlet of the year.(but why oromian,she is ethiopian and I have never seen her carring oromian flag)

  2. Arefayne muhe:

    October 27, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    i was try to vote meseret but the site is to busy what shall i do?

  3. gemechis:

    October 27, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    Amasing is Meseret an oromo runner? i will give her my vote soon!

  4. SOL:

    October 31, 2010 @ 3:24 am


  5. belachew dessalegn:

    November 2, 2010 @ 1:39 am

    Ummatni oromoo baldhaadha.Kunis amantiidhaan, ilaalchaan, haala jireenyaa fi kkf jechuudha. Ammas ummanni oromoo tokko:keessumattuu afaanii fi jaalala fuullee ITOOPHIYAADHAAF QABUUN.Yeroo baay’ee ilaalcha qaanessuu fi taajjabsu maqaa uummatichaatiin waan calaqqisiifamuuf akka waan hin qaroomneetti ilaalamaa jiirra.Firiin isaas isin jalaayis waan okate natti hin fakkaatu.Kanaafuu bal’inaan ibsuun tapha daa’immanii waan natti ta’uuf hin barbaachisu. Garuu sagantaa fi kaayyoo keessan sirritti beekuun anaaf mijuudha!!!



  6. yodit lemma:

    November 4, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    she has good quality and she has to win

  7. habtamu:

    November 5, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    I’m very happy by getting this chance .The thing I’d like to say about Meseret is ,she is the one who have a tremendous performance.Therefore she should get the award.