Ethiopian athlete Girmawit Gebrzihair's age raises eyebrows with many unconvinced she is 16

Ethiopian athlete Girmawit Gebrzihair's age raises eyebrows with many unconvinced she is 16

The World Under 20 championships is underway in Tampere, Finland, and as usual many young athletes have set the ball rolling showing us just what the next generation has in store.

However, the championship has brought along with it its fair share of controversy with many raising eyebrows over the age of 16-year-old Ethiopian athlete Girmawit Gebrzihair.

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In fact, Girmawit come third in the same race our very own 18-year-old Beatrice Chebet made a name for herself after she became the first Kenyan woman to win the 5,000m title.

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Ethiopian athlete Girmawit Gebrzihair's age raises eyebrows with many unconvinced she is 16

Ejgayehu Taye, Beatrice Chebet and Girmawit Gebrzihair celebrate with their medals following the final of the women's 5000m at the IAAF World U20 Championships on July 10, 2018 in Tampere, Finland.

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From the looks of her physique it is hard to believe that Girmawit is really a teenager and one would easily pass her off as over 30.

A quick spot check by TUKO.co.ke of her name on the IAAF website revealed that she is in fact registered as an Ethiopian athlete of 16 years of age.

According to her IAAF athletes profile, the Ethiopian finished a 10km race in 2017 at an unbelievable time of 32:33, incredible speed for someone of 14 years.

IAAF will have to clear the air and put to an end public speculation over her age.

And if indeed she is found to be older than she says, IAAF must crackdown on the issue so as to avoid denting their reputation and the fairness of such competitions.

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