Ethiopian distance runner Letesenbet Gidey (© AFP / Getty Images)
World record-holders Letesenbet Gidey and Gudaf Tsegay are among the 34 athletes named on Ethiopia’s team for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Although qualified in more than one event, Gidey and Tsegay – like all other members of the team – will focus on just one event each. Gidey will contest the 10,000m, the event at which she set a world record of 29:01.03 last month, while Tsegay will line up for the 5000m, having clocked a world-leading 14:13.32 in Hengelo on 8 June.
The team also includes world indoor 1500m champion Samuel Tefera and world silver medallists Selemon Barega and Yomif Kejelcha.
Ethiopian team for Tokyo
800m: Habitam Alemu, Workwuha Getachew, Worknesh Mesele
1500m: Freweyni Hailu, Lemlem Hailu, Diribe Welteji
5000m: Ejigayehu Taye, Senbere Teferi, Gudaf Tsegay
10,000m: Tsigie Gebreselama, Tsehay Gemechu, Letesenbet Gidey
Marathon: Roza Dereje, Birhane Dibaba, Tigist Girma
3000m steeplechase: Mekides Abebe, Lomi Muleta, Zerfe Wondimagegn
800m: Melese Nibret
1500m: Samuel Abate, Tadesse Lemi, Samuel Tefera
5000m: Milkesa Mengesha, Nibret Melak, Getnet Wale
10,000m: Berihu Aregawi, Selemon Barega, Yomif Kejelcha
Marathon: Leslisa Desisa, Shura Kitata, Sisay Lema
3000m steeplechase: Hailemariam Amare, Abrham Sime, Tadesse Takele