Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -Ã‚Â World Marathon bronze medallist Feyisa Lilesa and steeplechaser Hiwot Ayalew took impressive victories at the 30th Jan Meda International Ã¢â‚¬â€œ EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trials for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ here on Sunday.
Hagos Gebrhiwet, the World junior record-holder for the indoor 3,000m and outdoor 5,000m, continued his impressive early season form by winning the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s junior race, while Alemitu Haroye took the honours in the corresponding womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race.
Lilesa holds off DemelashÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dash as Merga drops out
The Ethiopian trials may have been missing some of the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more illustrious cross-country athletes, but there was no shortage of thrills and excitement in another action-packed event at the Jan Meda race course.
Victories for Feyisa Lilesa and Hiwot Ayalew will capture the headlines, but equally enthralling was the list of high-profile athletes who found the going tough and dropped out of the contest with defending World cross-country champion Imane Merga, former World indoor 1500m champion Gelete Burka and World youth 3000m champion Gotytom Gebreslase topping the list of casualties. Read more on IAAF.org