Born as Selemon Barega Shirtaga, January 20th 2000. He is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes primarily in the 5000 meters and 10,000 mtrs. He won the gold medal at the 10,000 m at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. He represented his country at the 2017 World Championships finishing fifth in the final.
The Olympic athletics program opened with a huge surprise on Friday as Ethiopian youngster Selemon Barega claimed a stunning 10,000 mtrs gold.
There was only one gold up for grabs, in the last event of the opening day, but it was worth the wait as Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei allowed the 21-year-old Barega to escape and win in 27 minutes 43.22 seconds before celebrating with an infield dance on a sultry night.
Hot favorite Cheptegei left it way too late to chase him down and only just caught 20-year-old compatriot Jacob Kiplimo on the line to take silver.
As the rest of the field crossed the line, athletes crashed to the track, utterly exhausted by the 30 degree heat and heavy humidity, which looks set to be a defining and challenging aspect of the track and field program.