Medina Eisa pips Senbere Teferi in the 5km in Herzogenaurach (Photo © Getty Images)
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Medina Pips Senbere in 5km Race in Herzogenaurach, Germany

Ethiopia’s Medina Eisa sprinted to a women’s world U20 5km best at the Adizero Road to Records event in Germany, denying Senbere Teferi a third consecutive victory in Herzogenaurach.

Senbere, who set the women-only world record of 14:29 at this event in 2021, made a move in the second half of the race, but her compatriots Medina and Girmawit Gebrzihair were ready to respond.

The defending champion sprinted towards the finish line and raised her arms in anticipation, but Medina had chased her down and made it to the tape first, breaking it in 14:46.

Girmawit finished two seconds behind them, while Lemlem Nibret was fourth in 14:57 and Yalemget Yaregal fifth in 15:00 in an Ethiopian top five.

Meanwhile, in men’s 5km race, Ethiopia’s long-time leader Yomif Kejelcha was surprised by Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew in the final strides.

Yomif had to settle for second place this time, after his win in Herzogenaurach last year.

– World Athletics