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Gold medallist Ethiopia's Selemon Barega celebrates on the podium for the men's 10000m event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (PHOTO/CFP)

Ethiopia announces squad for Paris Olympics

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2020 Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega is on his way to Paris, in search of more gold for Ethiopia.

The 24-year-old was named to a 33-person athletics team for the East African nation. Women’s marathon world record holder, Tigist Assefa is also on the list.

At the previous Games in Tokyo, Barega beat Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the world 10,000m and 5,000m record holder, and world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo.

Amane Beriso and Megertu Alemu join Assefa in representing Ethiopia in the women’s marathon. Kenenisa Bekele, Sisay Lemma, and Deresa Geleta are the country’s male marathoners.

3000m steeplechase world record holder Lamecha Girma is also on the roster and will be aiming for his first gold at a global event after a series of second-place finishes.

The Paris Olympics will run from July 26 to August 11.


Ethiopian team for the Paris Olympics 

800m: Habitam Alemu, Tsige Duguma, Worknesh Mesele
1500m: Birke Haylom, Gudaf Tsegay, Diribe Welteji
5000m: Medina Eisa, Ejgayehu Taye, Gudaf Tsegay
10,000m: Tsigie Gebreselama, Fotyen Tesfay, Gudaf Tsegay
Marathon: Megertu Alemu, Tigist Assefa, Amane Beriso
3000m steeplechase: Sembo Almayew, Lomi Muleta

1500m: Abdisa Fayisa, Ermias Girma, Samuel Tefera
5000m: Hagos Gebrhiwet, Yomif Kejelcha, Addisu Yihune
10,000m: Berihu Aregawi, Selemon Barega, Yomif Kejelcha
Marathon: Kenenisa Bekele, Deresa Geleta, Sisay Lemma
3000m steeplechase: Lamecha Girma, Samuel Firewu, Getnet Wale
20km race walk: Misgana Wakuma

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