Seyoum, Kejelcha to lead strong Ethiopia’s team of 24 for Oregon 2014
Ethiopian junior 1500m record holder Dawit Seyoum and 2013 World Youth Championships men’s 3000m winner Yomif Kejelcha lead the Ethiopian team going to the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, USA, later this month and have good prospects of striking gold at Oregon 2014.
The squad also includes 2014 Dubai Marathon winner Tsegaye Mekonnen, who steps down to compete over the 10,000m; and Senbere Teferi, the Donetsk 2013 silver medallist over 1500m.
Each edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships is an adventure for Ethiopian athletics fans hoping for an early glimpse of a prolific youngster who might gone to dominate their event at senior level.
Haile Gebrselassie, a 5000m and 10,000m double 22 years ago in Seoul; Kenenisa Bekele a 5000m silver medal in Santiago de Chile in 2000; Meseret Defar, 3000m and 5000m double in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2002; and Tirunesh Dibaba, a 5000m silver behind her great rival Defar in Kingston are just a few of the country’s world junior medallists who have gone on to achieve Olympic and IAAF World Championships success.