Tirunesh Dibaba & Adane Girma miss final shortlist


Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba and Ethiopian Premier League top scorer Adane Girma both missed the final shortlist announced by IAAF and CAF. It was the second time for Tirunesh and a first for the striker.
One of world’s greatest women’s distance runners Tirunesh Dibaba was among the final ten athletes shortlisted, and for many long distance aficionados, the ideal athlete to be awarded the coveted prize. However, in the announcement made by the IAAF on Tuesday, the Planet’s only woman athlete to win the Olympic 5000 & 10000 gold medals is absent from the final list. Tirunesh, not only returned from a long injury to win the London Olympic 10000 meters gold and a bronze in 5000 meters, but also won her debut marathon three weeks later. She is also the first Ethiopian to win three Olympic gold medals and three world championships, and although her fans rooted for her by registering their votes on the internet, she was out of luck.
Adane Girma, who scored the most important opener to steer Ethiopia to its long awaited African Nations’ cup final in 31 years, was also not selected for the CAF’s Player of the Year “Based in Africa” award final list. The Saint George striker’s selection to the CAF’s shortlist delighted Ethiopian soccer fans at home and abroad, who hoped and waited anxiously for the results. However, Adane was not to be found among the five finalists; two are from Zambia, one from Cameroon, one from Tunisia and one from Egypt. For the Ethiopian striker, winning the League title and taking the top scorer award for the second season in a row, will have to suffice for the time being.