Ethiopians to defend their World XC title in Fukuoka
The Ethiopian Athletics squad, which consists of 29 famous senior and junior runners, are coming to Fukuoka with a high spirit to defend their titles and to fly high our National Colours: Green, Yellow and Red:
The World Cross Senior Gold medallists, Ethiopia’s hero Kenenisa Bekele and heroine Tirunesh Dibaba, are to defend their titles on the upcoming 34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships due to take place in Fukuoka, Japan, 1-2 April 2006.
Kenenisa Bekele, the 2004/2005 World Athlete of the year, who became the first man to win world titles in three surfaces (over the cross country, outdoor and indoor) will hope to win his fifth short and long course double in Fukuoka, while Tirunesh Dibaba will be seeking to defend both her short and long course double victories of last year in France.
The 32nd and the 33rd World Cross Junior Women’s Champions Meselech Melkamu and Gelete Burka, as well as Silver and Bronze medallists Gebremariam Gebre-egziabher, Seleshi Sihine and Ejigayehu Dibaba (Tiruneshi’s elder sister) are also included in the Ethipian Squad.
THE EMBASSY OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF
ETHIOPIA WISHES THE BEST RESULTS FOR OUR ATHLETES!!
Time Table of the Competition and Athletes from Ethiopia
|Date||Time||Event||Name of Athletes|
|April 1, 2006||13:30||Junior Women’s Race (6 km)||Workitu Ayanu
|14:20||Senior Men’s Short Race (4 km)||Kenenisa Bekele
|15:00||Women’s Long Race (8 km)||Tirunesh Dibaba
|April 2, 2006||13:00||Junior Men’sRace (8 km)||Tariku Bekele
|13:50||Women’s Short Race (4 km)||Tirunesh Dibaba
|14:30||Men’s Long Race (12 km)||Kenenisa Bekele
Umino- Nakamachi Park
From Fukouka Airport >> JR Hakata Station. >>JR Umino- Nakamichi Station
From Tenzin to Marine World by Nishitesu Bus (60min.)
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