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Is Yenew Alamirew Gebrselassie’s Heir Apparent?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 27, 2011
Is this the face of the next Haile Gebrselassie? Photo: IAAF

Is this the face of the next Haile Gebrselassie? Photo: IAAF

That’s what Haile’s manager thinks.

This Sunday, the world will have a glimpse at an Ethiopian being touted as the next Haile Gebrselassie: Yenew Alamirew. The athlete, who’s 21st birthday happens to be today, will be running the 5000m at the FBK  Games this Sunday in Hengelo, Netherlands.

Alamirew has been coached by Gebrselassie’s manager, Jos Hermens, for the past year and a half.

“Yenew is more than Haile and Kenenisa as a runner for the 1500 and 3000 metres,” Hermens said. “With his speed and running style he looks a lot like Daniel Komen, who is holder of the World record 3000 metres indoors and outdoors….We think he can become a really good athlete. His progression is huge, and all the things he does look really impressive. It is our strength to introduce athletes slowly but with his potential he could become the next World champion at 5000m in Daegu.”

Hermens went on to predict that his star athlete will be able to go sub-13 in the 5000m and that he expects Alamirew to have a big breakthrough in Hengelo.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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