Selemon Barega has forgiven Yomif Kejelcha after the incident in which the former was tripped and denied victory in at Lausanne’s Athletissima Diamond League Meeting that was held on Thursday (5) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“This is running and things happen; I have forgiven him. Sorry to my fans and coaches, who were expecting a great result from me, but I’ll do well next time and make you all happy. Please don’t get mad at Yomif either; it happens. He told me that it was not on purpose and that he was just trying to grab what he could to survive from the fall, so I have forgiven him.” -Selemon Barega
Yomif on the other hand went to his social media account and posted, ‘To the some social media and some people who think I pulled Selemon Barega’s shorts out of madness and blaming me for grabbing his shorts. At the time when I was full of speed 100% and then he tripped me and my running shorts came down so such that my legs went up in the air and I lost totally my balance. That moment the only chance I had was either to fall dangerously down and hurt myself with an injury or grab something to get back to balance. I have no problem with Selemon Barega winning. I am good friends to Selemon! Please think before you talk!
The backlash on Yomif has caused quite a stir in social media with accusations of sabotage and unsportsmanlike behavior being leveled at him.
Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew won the race in a personal best and world-leading time of 13:01.09 and was followed by Barega in 13:02.67 with Hadis Abadi closing the podium three finishes in 13:04.04.