Ethiopian stars Selemon Barega and Hagos Gebrhiwet are set to return to motion on the 62nd version of the Campaccio Cross Nation, an IAAF Allow assembly race, in San Giorgio su Legnano on Sunday.
Barega will face off in opposition to compatriot Gebrhiwet for the third time in his profession. Their first assembly got here on the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 the place Barega was second and Gebrhiwet fourth within the 3000m, and their second in Brussels the place Gebrhiwet completed behind Barega in 12:45.82 to change into historical past’s fifth quickest man.
Barega, who got here to the fore at age 16 when he captured the world U20 5000m title in 2016, received his first IAAF cross nation race two years in the past on Italian soil when taking the Cinque Mulini title in San Vittore Olona. That win was a launch pad for , who went on to win the world U18 3000m title later that yr earlier than his notable fifth place end over 5000m on the World Championships in London. His outing on Sunday will probably be his first since his sensational 12:43.02 efficiency on the IAAF Diamond League last in Brussels the place he grew to become the fourth quickest 5000m runner of all-time.
He’ll be trying so as to add his title to the distinguished record of Campaccio winners which embody Ethiopian legends Haile Gebrselassie (1994), Kenenisa Bekele (2002 and 2004) and extra lately Muktar Edris (2013 and 2017).
Gebrhiwet, 24, the 2016 Olympic 5000m bronze medallist, has additionally achieved success in cross nation, taking world U20 gold in 2013 and ending fourth as a senior in 2015.