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Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet Aims High

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 24, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM UTC
Hagos Gebrhiwet may be Ethiopia's next best hope for an Olympic medal. Photo: IAAF

He may be the next Kenenisa Bekele.

Most 18-year-olds are busy thinking about college or other things, but not Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrihiwet. The recent world cross-country champion in the junior division is calculating his chances to win gold.

Specifically, he’s looking at this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

“Qualifying for Moscow, that’s all I’m thinking of right now,” he said. “I just want to maintain my current best performance and keep doing my training properly and without fear. In Moscow, I aim to gain something big for my country and myself too.”

With the likes of Ethiopian greats like multiple world-record holder Kenenisa Bekele and marathon legend Haile Gebrselassie entering the twilight of their careers, all eyes appear to be on Gebrhiwet to pick up the proverbial running torch.

At the junior level, Gebrhiwet has already proven himself. After all, he owns the world junior record for 5000m (12:47.53) and also leads the world in the 3000m distance.

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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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