The Ethiopian athletics team left Addis Ababa for Riga on Thursday night.

Team Ethiopia heads to Riga for World Road Running champions

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian team departed for the Latvian capital to participate in World Athletics Road Running Championships Riga 23.

Around 340 athletes from some 56 teams will compete in the inaugural championship, according to the sports governing body World Athletics (WA).

The final Ethiopian squad that left Addis Ababa for Riga on Thursday night includes 13 athletes. The team has seven women and six men athletes. They will fight for world titles in the road mile, 5km, and half marathon on 1 October.

The world 1500m champion Diribe Welteji, Freweyni Hailu, and Hirut Meshesha will represent Ethiopia in the women’s road mile. They are among the eight fastest women in the world this year at the 1500m track race.

The trio will now make their debut in the road mile and believe all the training for the 1500m will set the team up well for the race.

“This is the first time we’re running this race so the main objective is to just see what I can do,” Hirut told WA. “From there we can better adjust and plan for the future, road races and otherwise.”

Apart from the road mile, the global titles for 5km and half marathon will be up for grabs at one event for the first time.

On Sunday, the elite action starts with the women’s 5km at 11:50am local time (EEST) and ends with the men’s half marathon from 2:15pm.