ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s teenage phenomena Tadese Worku posted an impressive performance as he won the the Cross Internacional de Itálica in Santiponce today.
A warm temperatures greeted runners in the men’s 9.9 kilometres event in this town near Seville famous for the ruins of the Roman city Italica saw the race reduced to a group of four early on following an acceleration from the United States’ Paul Chelimo, the Olympic 5,000 metres silver medallist.
“I felt very strong throughout, as was the case last Sunday in Elgoibar,” he said. “I’ll now return to my base in Addis Ababa where I train with Selemon Barega and Telahun Haile Bekele, among others.”
Tadese, whose athletics idol is Kenenisa Bekele, has big goals for the 2020 track season: “I would like to make the national team for the Tokyo Olympics over 5000m.”
1 Tadese Worku (ETH) 27:31
2 Paul Chelimo (USA) 27:47
3 Richard Yator (KEN) 27:48
4 Aron Kifle (ERI) 27:55
5 Shadrack Kipchirchir (USA) 28:26
6 Carlos Mayo (ESP) 28:29
7 Soufiane El Bakkali (MAR) 28:53
8 Enyew Mekonen (ETH) 28:56
9 Thierry Ndikumwenayo (BDI) 28:57
10 Yemane Haileselassie (ERI) 29:13