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Ethiopia Team Shakes Up Guiyang, China

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Team Ethiopia is confident of a better IAAF World Cross Championships in Guiyang, China on Saturday to improve on the junior men 8km individual title they won last time in Poland.

Their squad of 24 that is a mix of experience and newcomers is ready to take the battle to the other 50 nations taking part, more so, perennial archrivals Kenya.

Ethiopia arrived in Guiyang on Wednesday evening and their revered yellow, green and red clad runners were an attraction when they stepped out on the training track in Guanshanhu Park around the Jinyang Nations Square in Xiaowangtiai.

The class of 2015 is hoping to emulate the example set by their legend, Kenenisa Bekele, who remains the most medalled athlete in the history of the World Cross with 27 in total with an unmatched 12 gold haul as a junior winner in 2001, long/short champion from 2002 to 2006 and 12km senior titleholder in 2008.

“I have trained with the national team together. I have special training for cross country with God, I can do it this year,” Tamirat Tola, the surprise winner of the 12km senior race at the Janmeda Cross Country, Ethiopia’s Trials; over Hagos Gebrehiwot, the 2013 junior world cross champion and Muktar Edris, the former junior champion said on Thursday at the team hotel.

Bonsa D, da Atsedu Tsegay and Tesfaye Abera complete the Ethiopian charge for the Holy Grail of the World Cross last won by Imane Merga in Punta Umbria, Spain in 2011.