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Oromia-Born Bilisuma Gelassa of Bahrain Clinches 10k Title at Asian Games

Oromia-born Bilisuma Gelassa of Bahrain stylishly clinched the 10k title in 27:32.72 at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on November 26, 2010.

Bilisuma delivered a decisive blow to his rivals at the last lap to become the undisputed champion.

Earlier this week, another Oromia-born Bahraini, Maryam Yusuf Jamal, captured the 1500m title at the same event.

Oromia is the home of the world’s greatest athletes – from Abebe Bikila to Mamo Wolde to Fatuma Roba to Kenenisa Bekele to Derartu Tulu to Tirunesh Dibaba to Meseret Defar; in short, the who’s who of long distance elite athletes hail from Oromia.

For Oromo athletes’ fans page, click here.


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  1. Gadaa (Visitor):

    November 27, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    Oromians are going out of that cursed empire and run for others where they can also make business for themselves! Good start!

  2. Kiyyaa:

    November 27, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    I am happy I didn’t see that an Oromian runner carrying that damn Habesha flag this time around!!! Ishoo! Ishoo! Yaa Waaq baga kana nu agarsiifte! Besides, the names, Bilisummaa, Gelassa have special meaning for us!

  3. Gumabas Lammi:

    November 29, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    you are really Galaasaa!and ur name also fits well,congrats!

  4. barii bariso:

    November 29, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    i watched this clip 10 times. I enjoyed so much.
    I hope that Galessa will be the next Kenanisa.
    Ijji hamtuun sii hinargin.

  5. Dawaa Oromoo:

    November 29, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    I watched this video for about an hour again and again.
    Gelasa is really GELASA.
    One day he will wave Oromian Flag.
    When he is participating for private compitition, we Oromos have to go and support him and bring an Oromian flag on the event.
    I’m proud of Bilisummaa Galaasaa