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U-20 World Athletics Championships Results

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 02 August 2022

World Athletics U20 Championships:Results

 Ethiopia's Addisu Yihune wins the men's 5000m at the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22 (© Oscar Munoz Badilla)

02 Aug 2022 |REPORT

We have seen the future of distance running, and few will be surprised to learn that it comes from East Africa. On the opening afternoon of action at the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22 on Monday (1), the endurance superpowers showed their talent pipeline is still flowing as Ethiopia’s Addisu Yihune took the men’s 5000m title and Kenya’s Betty Chelangat won the women’s 3000m. 

Yihune showed the vast range of gears synonymous with so many of his countrymen when powering to gold in the 5000m in 14:03.05, but Eritrea showed signs of a rising tide by taking silver and bronze through Merhawi Mebrahtu (14:03.33) and Habtom Samuel (14:03.67). 

The race began at a relative jog, with 3000m reached in 8:45.57 – comically slow for athletes of this calibre. From there, things slowly started to heat up with pre-race favourite Yihune moving to the front and the fourth kilometre covered in a steady 2:45.27. The lead changed many times in the laps that followed and there were nine men in the front pack with just over a lap to run. But Yihune simply had too much for his rivals when every one of them went for broke in the last 200m, avenging his fourth-place finish in last year’s world U20 5000m final in Nairobi. 

“I spent all that time preparing for this,” he said. “I was 100% sure I would win.”

Under 20 World Athletics Medal Table 2022, at the moment August 1

Ethiopia | 1 gold | 1 silver | 0 bronze | Total: 2
Kenya | 1 gold | 0 silver | 1 bronze | Total: 2
Eritrea | 0 gold | 1 silver | 1 bronze | Total: 2

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