Tokyo awaits Ethiopian athletics stars next month


Highly regarded as the hope of Ethiopia at the London Olympic marathon, Dino Sefer sits on top of world athletics elites list taking part in the much anticipated Tokyo Marathon next month. Former Dubai Marathon winner Aberu Kebede tops the women’s list.
Dino was of course a disaster at London, But knowing him as a diehard who always dreams about the next showdown wherever, with whomever and whenever it is held, the event organizers penciled down his name on top of the list ahead of defending champion Kenyan Michael Kipyego. Although there are big names such as the likes of last year’s runner-up Urata Fugwara as well as Kazahiro Makeda and Takyuka Masya sixth and seventh place respectively, the showdown is said to be among Ethiopian and Kenyan brave hearts with Dino the hottest favorite.
Dino’s best time is 2:04:50 which he recorded in Dubai while his Kenyan adversaries Denis Kemito and James Wambi have 2:04:16 and 2:04:27 respectively. Due to his recent poor performances, last year’s winner Kipyego is no longer in the elites list. Having personal best of 2:06:26 Bekele Feyessa is the only helping hand from home for Dino.
The battle for the women’s crown is said to be between Ethiopian duo Aberu Kebede and Bezunesh Bekele.  Although she won the 2009 Dubai Marathon, Bezunesh secured her personal best time which is 2:20:30 by finishing fourth while Aberu who was last year’s Berlin marathon winner clocked her best time finishing fifth behind Bezunesh three seconds late. Erina Mikitenko from Germany and 2011 Boston marathon winner Kenyan Caroline Kalil are the two dark horses in the race capable of any surprise.