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Eritrea is bringing the strongest team they ever had to a World U20 Championship in athletics. Eritrea is the favorite to take home three gold medals of the event. Eritrea has never taken a gold medal in the event before.
Aron Kifle is a new star of Eritrean track running. The 18-year-old has pieced together a notable season with national U20 records over the two longest distances on the track. On 3 June he clocked 13:13.39 in the 5000m to finish third in Huelva. Eight days later he ran the fastest 10000m in the world by an U20 athlete this year, in the time of 27:27.04 in Leiden. A third-place finish in the junior race at the African Cross Country Championships in March set the tone for his 2016 season.
In the 5000m he will be joined with his countryman Awit Habte. Both of them have the season best results of the start list, making them the favorites to take home both the gold and the silver.
In the 10000m, he will be joined by Mogos Shumay and Kokob Ghebru Abreha. Mogos Shumay have the third best time of the starting list. Making Eritrea favorites to take home two medals in this event too.
Since the 2000m steeplechase was extended to the standard 3000m distance at the second edition of these championships in 1988, Kenya has won all 14 titles. Remarkably, athletes from the East African powerhouse aren’t the fastest in the field this year, raising the possibility that Kenya’s sensational streak could be under threat.
The fastest man arriving in Bydgoszcz for the U20 Championship is 18-year-old Eritrean Yemane Haileselassie, who clocked a national record of 8:22.52 in Huelva in early June. He underscored his current form with an 8:30.82 victory in Bilbao three weeks ago.
Yemane Haileselassie will be joined by his countryman Zerom Berakai in the 3000m steeplechase.
Nebyat Abraham will run in the 5000m, where she has the eighth season best of the starting list.
|19 July||18:30||10 000 m||Male||Final||Kokob Ghebru Abreha, Aron Kifle & Mogos Shumay|
|21 July||8:00||3 000 m Steeplechase||Male||Heats||Yemane Haileselassie & Zerom Berakai|
|23 July||8:30||5000 m||Female||Final||Nebyat Abraham|
|23 July||16:45||5000 m||Male||Final||Aron Kifle & Awit Habte|
|24 July||14:20||3 000 m Steeplechase||Male||Final||Yemane Haileselassie & Zerom Berakai (if they qualifies from the heats)|
Sources: I used articles from IAAF.org to write this article.