Saturday, July 13, 2024

Golden girl Genzebe spearheads Ethiopian team at Birmingham 2018


Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba contests the 1,500m and 3,000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 that will be held from March1 to 4. The 27-year-old leads the twelve member Ethiopian national squad (five women and seven men) that took part in six disciplines including Genzebe’s favorite double 1,500 & 3,000 meter races.
Genzebe has earned three world indoor titles, winning the 1,500m in 2012 and the 3,000m in 2014 and 2016. A slightly more forgiving schedule for this year’s edition – with the 3,000m held as a straight final on Thursday night, followed by the 1,500m heats on Friday and the 1,500m final on Saturday – means Dibaba will double up for the first time at a World Indoor Championship event.
Fellow defending 3,000m champion Yomif Kejelcha has also been named to the team and will be joined by world indoor leader Selomon Barega.
Ethiopia has named three athletes in several events. Pending the conclusion of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, some may be eligible to compete as a wild card entrant or may simply be entered as a reserve.
Ethiopian team for Birmingham
800m: Mohammed Aman
1500m: Samuel Tefera, Taresa Tolosa, Aman Wote
3000m: Selemon Barega, Hagos Gebrhiwet, Yomif Kejelcha
800m: Habitam Alemu
1500m: Genzebe Dibaba, Dawit Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay
3000m: Genzebe Dibaba, Dawit Seyaum, Fantu Worku

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