Sunday, December 3, 2017

Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha newest member of Nike Oregon Project...

Media partner DyeStat.com reports that Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha (above/photo by Paul Merca) has joined the Beaverton-based Nike Oregon Project.

The 20-year old Kejelcha won the 5000m at the 2014 IAAF World U-20 championships in Eugene as well as the 2016 IAAF world indoor title at 3000m in Portland.
He most recently finished fourth at the IAAF world championships at 5000m in London, where he led entering the final turn, only to be passed by winner Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, Mo Farah of Great Britain, and Paul Chelimo of the USA.

Kejelcha fills a hole in the 5000 meters on the Nike Oregon Project roster, as Farah recently left the team to move back to Great Britain to concentrate on the marathon, and Galen Rupp has moved up in distance to the marathon.

According to DyeStat, Kejelcha was in Portland watching the Nike Cross Nationals Saturday along with Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar, and other members of the team.

Meanwhile, Nike Oregon Project member Suguro Osako of Japan finished third early Sunday morning in the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan, running 2:07:19, the fifth fastest mark in Japanese history.

Sondre Moen of Norway won the race in a European record 2:05:48.


NOTE:  The IAAF and DyeStat.com contributed to this report.

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