Tigrai Online March 26, 2013
For those members of the media and teams who made it to the 40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, the detailed analysis provided of the junior men's race provided made jaw-dropping reading on Sunday evening (24).
The Ethiopian winner Hagos Gebrhiwet covered the 8km course in a stunning 21:04.
Even allowing for a considerable drop off in pace, it's not inconceivable that Gebrhiwet could have covered 10km of cross country in under 27 minutes and and many people were pondering whether he might just have been the best ever junior men's champion in the four decades of the race
One of Gebrhiwet's illustrious predecessors, the great Kenenisa Bekele, took 25:04 to win the first of his 12 IAAF World Cross Country Championships gold medals in the famous mud bath when the event was held in the Belgian coastal town of Ostend in 2001, but the course was only 7700m
Sunday's race was also held in far from perfect conditions as well. The IAAF World Cross Country Championships have been held on no less than 17 horse racing course as well as two golf courses but Myslecinek Park was neither of those. The temperature never rose below zero and the course was rutted and frozen in places. In addition, there was a very challenging hill at the end of each lap.
Hagos Gebrhiwet Berhe, Ethiopia ( Winnir of 3000m and 5000m)
Born: 11 May 1994, Atsbi-Wonberta, Tigrai State, Ethiopia
Lives: Addis Ababa
Height: 1.73m / Weight: 55kg
Club: Mesfin Industrial Engineering (National team)
Coach: Hussein Shibo, Dr. Yilma Berta (National team) Kasshu Gebre-egziabher
Manager: Mark Wetmore (Elias Kebede, repesentative in Ethiopia)
Source: IAAF - Read More about Hagos Gebrhiwet Berhe