Defending champion Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia has won gold in the U20 women race in Kampala with a time of 18.34 minutes.

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The racers had three laps of the Kololo course to do, which is about six kilometres.

Gidey, set on retaining her World title and a pre-race favorite, started strong in the lead pack. And perhaps on the back of her mind were fond memories of Ethiopia’s dominant show in the last championships in Guyang (China) where they enjoyed a clean sweep of the medals in this particular race.

But with a host of Kenyans in the lead pack, it was never going to be easy for the Ethiopians. By the end of lap one, there were six Kenyans and four Ethiopians in the lead pack.

But as the race progressed, Hellen Lobun and Celliphine Chespol (photo under) of Kenya peeled away from the rest. But not without Gidey.

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Eventually, it turned into a three-strong race at the front, with the Kenyans finding difficulty peeling away further from the title-holder.

The Ethiopian crowd rose to its feet as Gidey made for the finish line to defend her title convincingly.

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At the team competition for the U20 Women won Ethiopia infront of Kenya and Uganda:

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