The Ethiopian 10k Trials Were Historically Fast: Six Sub-27s, 10 Sub-31s

A collection of Ethiopian distance stars got together on Wednesday in the Netherlands and produced two of the strongest 10,000m races in history. The men's and women's races in Hengelo served as the Ethiopian World Championship Trials, and featured six sub-27:00 clockings for the men and a whopping 10 sub-31:00 runs on the women’s side.


For the men, six sub-27s is the deepest 25-lap race since 2011, when seven broke the barrier in Brussels. Wednesday was the second time in history that 10 women have broken 31 in one race, the last coming in 2005 at the World Championships in Helsinki.

Of course, only the top three finishers on Wednesday will qualify for the World Championships, although defending women’s World 10k champion Almaz Ayana has a bye. Ayana did not race in Hengelo. Still, the depth of these races was preposterously impressive. 

The men’s race was won by 25-year-old Hagos Gebrhiwet in 26:48.95, and he along with Selemon Barega (2nd in 26:49.46) and Yomif Kejelcha (3rd in 26:49.99) will represent a daunting team for Doha. The trio ran the three fastest times in the world this season on Wednesday and will easily be the strongest country at the World Championships: remember, these three are the same guys who ran 12:43.02 (Barega), 12:45.82 (Gebrhiwet) and 12:46.79 (Kejelcha) in the Brussels 5,000m last summer.

For Kejelcha specifically, the man who set the indoor mile world record of 3:47.01 back in March, this race offered another chance to flash his incredible range:


The women’s race was won by 21-year-old Letesenbet Gidey in a world-leading 30:37.89. Behind Gidey, eight other Ethiopian women ran under 31 minutes, with Turkey's Yasmin Can (10th in 30:59.20) the lone non-Ethiopian to dip below the barrier.

House Of Run: Why There Should Be One Championship Schedule

Jason and Kevin lament the World Championships schedule (again) that won’t allow for cool doubles, discuss whether or not Mo Farah will race the 10,000m in Doha, preview this weekend’s meet in Paris, and reflect on their first 500 episodes.

Report: Christian Coleman May Face Suspension After Missed Drug Tests

null

Christian Coleman may be facing a two-year suspension after reportedly missing three drug tests.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen Goes For First Diamond League Win | Paris DL Preview

Saturday's Paris Diamond League meet is the final "regular season" event before the Diamond League finals begin. While the specter of the World Championships looms, the fields assembled this weekend will be looking for a good race before that final push to Doha. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

2019 DII FloXC Countdown: #7 Queens (N.C.) Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 7 DII men’s spot goes to Queens (N.C.), and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #7 Williams Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 7 DIII women’s spot goes to Williams, and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #7 Washington U. Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 7 DIII men’s spot goes to Washington U., and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #8 Oregon Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. And, be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, August 26th at 10 AM CT. The No. 8 women’s spot goes to Oregon, and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #8 Oregon Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. And, be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, August 26th at 10 AM CT. The No. 8 men’s spot goes to Oregon and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #8 Esther Gitahi

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 8 women’s individual spot goes to Alabama junior Esther Gitahi, and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #8 Blaise Ferro

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 8 men’s individual spot goes to Northern Arizona junior Blaise Ferro, and here's why: