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  • Ethiopia’s Gidey defends her World U20

    KAMPALA – Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia succesfully defended her U20 women’s title in Kampala with a gold-winning time of 18.34 minutes.

    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 of Kenya peeled away from the rest. But not without Gidey.

    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 convincing

     

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  • The athlete who loses consciousness when she runs

    Among the pack of runners one moment, collapsed on the ground and frothing at the mouth the next. For a short time she is lost to the convulsion and then she scrambles to her feet and sprints away. Katie Cooke will not let epilepsy get in the way of a race.

    The 19-year-old student from Cherrywood, South Dublin, has what her specialist doctor calls the "Arsenal of epilepsy" and contends with up to 15 convulsions a day which render her unconscious.

    "Your whole body is shaking, you can feel your muscles jumping, it feels like everything has been sucked out of you, you can't breathe," she says.

    "Every single day you lose control."

    Despite having to cope with multiple seizures when she runs, Cooke has won prestigious events including her age group in the Dublin City Marathon and she runs 5km in under 17 minutes. She can often be seen pounding the streets with her running partner, Dr Colin Doherty, who also happens to be her consultant neurologist. Read more:

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