News18 Mar 2015

In pursuit of elusive gold, Medhin leads Eritrea’s World Cross team


Teklemariam Medhin in the senior men's race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (© Getty Images)

Bronze medallist in 2013 and silver medallist in 2010, Eritrea’s Teklemariam Medhin hopes to complete the set at this month’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015.

Eritrea has made it on to the medals table at eight of the past nine editions of the World Cross. During that time, Medhin has picked up six medals in total, but none of them have been gold.

This winter, Medhin has been getting better with every race. After a fourth-place finish in Atapuerca and a second-place finish in Soria in November, he won in Seville and Elboibar in January against quality fields.

Joining him on the team is Eritrean cross-country champion and 2012 world junior 5000m silver medallist Abrar Osman, 2009 world youth 3000m bronze medallist Goitom Kifle and 19-year-old Tsegay Tuemay, who finished fourth in the junior men’s race at the 2013 World Cross.

African junior cross-country bronze medallist Afewerki Berhane leads the junior men’s team. National trials winner Aron Kifle is also in the squad.

Multiple national record-holder Nazret Weldu will be the sole senior woman entrant for Eritrea, while trials winner Hibret Debesay leads the junior women’s team.


Eritrean team for Guiyang 2015

Senior men:
Goitom Kifle, Teklemariam Medhin, Abrar Osman, Hiskel Tewelde, Berhane Tsegay, Tsegay Tuemay

Senior women: Nazret Weldu

Junior men: Berhane Amanuel, Afewerki Berhane, Abraham Habte, Yemane Haileselassie, Aron Kifle, Mogos Shumay

Junior women: Nebyat Abraham, Fanus Alem, Hibret Debesay, Yohana Gezae, Lucia Segid, Lemlem Teweldebrhan