Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Oromia wins All Ethiopian Games third edition

With more than 4,500 athletes from nine regions and two City Administrations, 17 sport disciplines including Paralympics, the third All Ethiopian Games ended on Monday (March 26) with festive moods and host Oromia Region fully dominating. Dawit Mengestu from Diredawa City Administration claimed the highest number of medals for an individual.
For the very first time the event took place out of the capital. Oromia unfurled the best of national sport festival in three venues of athletics in the newly constructed track in Assela, Tennis and Swimming in Debrezeit and the rest in Adama Town where the opening and closing events took place in newly trimmed Abebe Bikila stadium.
After sixteen days of hustling and bustling with guests and young torch bearers from all over the country, the host region Oromia stood the tallest of all amassing the highest number of medals. Home to world renowned athletes, Oromia dominated regular and Paralympics events taking 64 gold, 61 silver and 33 bronze for a total of 156 medals while Amhara dominated swimming events and stood runner-up collecting 34 gold, 36 silver and 57 bronze; a total of 124 medals. Considered an under achiever; Addis Ababa stood third with a total 69 medals 28 gold, 17 silver and 27 bronze. SNNPR stood third with total 54 medals followed behind by Diredawa, Tigray, Harari, Benshangul, Somali and Afar respectively.
In Paralympics Oromia stood on top of the medal table with 30 followed behind by Addis Ababa taking home 20, Tigray 13 and Amhara with ten medals. Dawit Mengestu who helped Diredawa win five of its six gold medals in swimming is the highest acclaimed sports personality while Benshangul took the men’s football championship title after a penalty shootout win over runner-up Oromia. The women’s crown goes to SNNP after a penalty shootout over Addis Ababa.