Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega defeated a strong deep elite field in the 10,000m race at the Ethiopian Trials held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.
The 21 year-old who moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, was too swift as he took on a more experienced field that included the 2019 World silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 26:49.34 that he got in Doha, the current world record holder in the 5km road race, Berihu Aregawi and the World U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku.
Barega who is the fifth fastest runner in the 5000m race (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 managed to hold the four top notch athletes from his country to cross the line a new personal best of 26:44.73 with Worku coming home in second also in a personal best of 26:45.91.
The 2018 World Junior bronze medallist, came home in third in a personal best of 26:46.13.
Kejelcha, who is a two time world Indoor champion, was forced to finish outside the podium in a season best of 26:49.39 with Milkesa Mengesha finishing in fifth place in a personal best of 27:00.24.
- Selemon Barega (ETH) 26:44.73 PB
- Tadese Worku (ETH) 26:45.91 PB
- Berihu Aregawi (ETH) 26:46.13 PB
- Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) 26:49.39 SB
- Milkesa Mengesha (ETH) 27:00.24 PB