Werkesh Kidane, Eth
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As a 15 year old, Worknesh was 13th in the Junior race at the World Cross-country, the only time that she has finished out of the top 10.
Worknesh was World Junior Cross-country champion in 1999.
At 18 Kidane finished 7th at 5000m in the Sydney Olympics (14:47.40).
She was runner up last year in the senior 4km at the World Cross-country.
She improved her PB at 5000m to 14:43.53 (5th fastest of 2002), finishing second to Berhane Adere (Ethiopia) in the Berlin GL meeting.
Late in the year she won the Great Ethiopian Run 10km in course-record time.
Pre-race - World Cross-country - After two wins, a 2nd and a 4th in four weeks on the European cross-country circuit, she returned home for the Ethiopian World Cross-country trials. There she won the 8km race by 10 seconds, pulling away from a strong field in the final kilometres, and the next day, only slightly weary, finished a strong 2nd in the 4km.
She has been named to both teams, and could well come away with two individual medals in Lausanne.
Workesh Kidane took the Long Course (8km) title at the World cross Country.
W Kidane - World Cross-country 2003
World Cross Country - Workesh Kidane (848) took the Bronze Medal in the Senior Women's Long Course 8km race on Saturday in a time of 27:34. Ethiopia took the Team Gold medal with 26 points.
World Cross Country - Workesh Kidane (848) was 4th in the Senior Women's Short Course 4km race on Sunday, in a time of 13:14. Ethiopia took the Team Gold medal with 19 points.
Ethiopia's Werknesh Kidane was third in the women's 8km race at the World Cross Country.