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Ethiopian athletics team travels to Doha

Ethiopian athletics team travels to Doha

Scheduled to take place between September 27 – October 6, 2019, in Doha Qatar, the Ethiopian athletics’ team are on their way to the IAAF World Athletics championships, to put there mark in an intriguing competition.

Several athletes, who have performed well in the Diamond League and newly crowned champions, will feature in the Ethiopian team for the competition. Muktar Edris will line-up alongside Selemon Barega and Hagos Gebrehiwot in the 5000m distance race. Muktar, a gold medalist in 5000m race in the 2017 IAAF World Championships, is highly expected to defend his title. Additionally, Getenet Wale, who is the winner of the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League in Brussels, will also feature in the team.

In addition to the athletes mentioned above, Samuel Tefera, Tilahun Haile, Yomif Kejelcha, Andamalak Belihu and Litsenbet Gidey are also included in the team. These athletes have achieved various titles in Diamond League competitions. lelisa Desisa, Musinet Girmew and Shura Kitata will lead the men’s marathon race, while Ruti Aga, Shure Demisse and Roza Dereje are also selected to feature in the women’s marathon race. Yeyualye Belete is the only athlete who will represent Ethiopia in the 20k walk race.

A debutant in this year’s IAAF competition, Samuel Tefera, who has registered a new world indoor record in a 1500m race in Birmingham, England with a time of 3:31.04, is expected to reach new heights in this year’s event. Likewise, Gudaf Tsegaye, Senberi Teferi and Axumait Ambaye are set for Doha representing Ethiopia in different distance races. 

It is to be recalled that Almaz Ayana, the women’s 10k world record holder, and Diamond league champion Genezebe Dibaba were going to feature in the Ethiopian team, however, both athletes have dropped-out from the national team due to injury.

Settling in a hotel, over 37 athletes have been preparing in Addis Ababa stadium. The selection process was done according to their world ranking position, wildcards, such as the reigning champions or winner of the 2019 IAAF diamond league, or by achieving the entry standard.    

Ethiopia has been participating in the biennial event since its inauguration in 1983.Over the years, the competition has grown in size, and in 1983 an estimated 1300 athletes from 154 countries participated in the competition. Ethiopia, since the World Championships started, has collected 77 medals and is placed seventh on the world medal leader’s board. Ethiopian athletes have managed to collect 27 Gold medals, 25 Silver and Bronze medals.

Since Ethiopia started participating in the event, only a handful of athletes have managed to win multiple medals. Veteran Haile Gebreselassie, Kenenisa Bekele (5,000 and 10,000m world record holder) and Tirunish Dibaba have managed to win at least six medals in the World Athletics Championships. Haile has managed this feat, taking home seven medals.

The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships is the seventeenth edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships, hosted by Qatar, at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium. 209 out of the 214 member federations of the IAAF are participating in the championship.