The Ethiopian federation incorporated their trials for the World Championships within the FBK Games.
From an Ethiopian perspective, the highlight came in the women’s 3000m steeplechase where 2012 Olympic silver medalist Sofia Assefa produced a dominant run to break her own national record with 9:07.06. BirtukanAdamu was a distant second in 9:28.67.
In the men’s race, world U20 bronze medallistGetnet Wale won comfortably with a world U18 best of 8:12.28. DiribaTesfaye was in second place as he entered the finishing straight, but was overtaken by TafeseSoboka (8:13.22) and ChalaBeyo (8:13.24). Tesfaye would up fourth in 8:13.33. The top four finishers all set PBs and now occupy places four, five, six and seven on the Ethiopian all-time list.
Both 10,000m races produced world-leading marks. The women’s event, held on Saturday night, was won by world silver medalist Gelete Burka in 30:40.87. World 5000m silver medalist SenbereTeferi placed second in 30:41.68, three seconds ahead of 2013 world bronze medalist BelayneshOljira.
World cross-country bronze medallistAbadiHadis won the men’s race. The teenage Olympian clocked 27:08.26 to finish ahead of JemalMekonnen (27:09.08) and 10,000m debutant YenewAlamirew (27:19.86).
The unheralded Samuel Tefera won the 1500m trial race in a PB of 3:33.78, finishing 0.10 ahead of national record-holder AmanWote. World U20 silver medalist TaresaTolosa was third in a PB of 3:34.47.