ADDIS ABABA, 13 November 2020 – Two Ethiopian athletes are in the running for the prestigious World Athlete of the Year 2020 Award.

The two – Letesenbet Gidey and Ababel Yeshaneh – are among eight Africans under consideration from a pool of 20 athletes nominated worldwide.

Ababel Yeshaneh finishes her world record shattering half marathon

The two Ethiopians each broke world records.

Letesenbet Gidey set a new world record when she ran 5,000 meters in 14:06:62. His performance ended the 12-year run of the previous record held by another Ethiopian, Tirunesh Dibaba.

The second Ethiopian nominee, Ababel Yeshaneh, set a new world record in the half marathon when she clocked 1:04:31.

 

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