Melbourne, Australia – Brilliant Ethiopian teenage distance runner Abreham Cherkos Feleke checked into his Australian hotel only at 4am on Wednesday but his manager at least believes he will give home town hero Craig Mottram a great race over 5000m in the Melbourne Grand Prix when the World Athletics Tour of 2008 resumes on Thursday (21) evening.
“He can trouble Mottram, yes, absolutely,” said Italian Federico Rosa. “They have the same time, more or less, at 5000m.”
In fact the 2005 World Youth champion has a slightly faster time at 12:54.19 which he ran while still aged just 16 for fifth in Rome. Mottram’s Oceania Area record is the 12:55.76 he ran in London in 2004.