ADDIS ABABA, October 13, 2020 – After enjoying a couple of impressive results at the 2020 London Marathon and NN Valencia World Record Day events, Ethiopian athletics is looking to keep up the momentum at the 2020 Gdynia World Half Marathon Championships scheduled for October 17.
On October 4, Shura Kitata claimed an unexpected victory in the London Marathon, in a race that shocked Kenyan world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, who finished eighth. Three days later, it was Letesenbet Gidey hoisting the Ethiopian flag at the NN World Record Day event in Valencia, Spain, where she set the fastest time in history for the women’s 5,000m after clocking 14:06:65 to smash Tirunesh Dibaba’s 12-year-old world record.
Ethiopia is sending a strong 10-athlete team for the two events in Gdynia, including the defending champion and former women’s only world record holder Netsanet Gudeta, the women’s outright world record holder Ababel Yashaneh and Delhi Half Marathon champion Andamlak Belihu, and the expectations are to sweep all the medals. However, the likes of Siefan Hassen, Peres Jepchirchir, Joshua Cheptegei, Jakob Keplimo and Kibiwott Kandie are bound to pose a mountainous challenge.
The 16-man Ethiopian delegation, led by a former world junior cross-country and African 5000m champion Meselech Melkamu, also includes two team leaders and coaches for each event. But one notable absence in the delegation is a team physician, especially considering the current global health situation.
Based on the final figures from the World Athletics, 157 men and 126 women from 62 teams have been entered for Saturday’s championships, which will take place in the northern Polish city, the only World Athletics Series event on the global calendar in 2020.
- Guye Adola – 59:06
- Anduamlak Belihu – 59:10
- Leou Gebresilassie – 59:18
- Amdework Walelign – 59:22
- Hailemariam Kiros – 1:01:08
- Ababel Yeshaneh – 1:04:31
- Netsanet Gudeta – 1:05:45
- Zeyneba Yimer – 1:05:46
- Yalemzerf Yehualaw – 1:06:01
- Meseret Gola –