Prefontaine classic stages ethiopian 10,000m trials

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has designated the results that will be registered by Ethiopian athletes at the men’s and women’s 10,000m races at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon (USA), the fourth of the 2013 Samsung Diamond League meetings, as the country’s criteria for selection for participation in the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
The races, which will be over 25 laps on track, will take place on the 31st of May, the day before the main meet on June the 1st, organizers announced on Monday, March 18.  “The 2013 Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, will host the Ethiopian National 10,000m trials for both men and women on the 31st of May 2013. The race will host the best of our Ethiopian 10,000m athletes and will serve as the platform for the selections of our 10,000m teams for the IAAF World Championships, which will be held in Moscow, Russia in August 2013,” commented Dube Jillo, the Federation’s Sport Development and Competition Director. This is the second year running that the Prefontaine Classic races have been accorded the honor of the criteria for selection for Ethiopian athletes. Last year’s thrilling 10,000m men’s race was the selection race for the Kenyan team which went to the London 2012 Olympic Games. This year’s 10,000m races on ‘Distance Night in Eugene’ on Friday, 31 May 2013, will also be open to athletes from all nations. With the World Championships limiting entrants to three per country, and with the depth of talent from Ethiopia, Kenya and the United States, among others, both trial races at this year’s Samsung Diamond League meet are expected to be steeped in quality. In the coming weeks, the Ethiopian Athletics Federation will designate those athletes eligible to compete for the10,000m team in Eugene. Ethiopia is expected to field the reigning men’s 10,000m World champion, Ibrahim Jeilan, who will receive a wild card to compete in Moscow, and also the London 2012 Olympic Games women’s 10,000m gold medalist, Tirunesh Dibaba.