Shining year for Ethiopian athletes
Established by legendary Ethiopian athletes as favorites to win a race and usually taking the spotlight, Ethiopians have dominated with Kenya, long distance running. However, Ethiopia’s distance future is now considered to be in the hands of young Ethiopian runners, who have shown what is yet to come.
On March 3, 2019, Yomif Kejelcha broke the indoor Mile World record with a time of 3:47.01 an improvement on his previous time of 3:48. 46. Furthermore, he came short of the 1500m indoor World Record with a time of 3:31. 25. Another world record was registered as Yomif broke Hicham El Guerroujis indoor mile mark (3:48.45) in Boston with a time of 3:37.01.
Since his debut in the 2013 World Youth Championships in Dontesk, winning Gold in the boys’ 3000m with a time of 7:53. 56, Yomif has also participated in races, representing his country for the national team. He took part in 3000m and 5000m distance races, bringing home seven Gold medals since his debut.
Another Ethiopian young talent, Samuel Tefera, has set a new indoor world record over 1500m on the World Indoor Tour in Birmingham, England, clocking in 3:31.04 in 2019. Samuel came in 0.14 microseconds off from the world record held by Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj in 1997, and finished with a time of 3:31.04. His colleague Yomif finished second coming registering a time of 3:31.58, a personal best of his.