Three of four missing Ethiopian athletes at World Junior Championships found

IAAF World Junior Championships - Day 5

Three of four members of the Ethiopian team at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., who were reported missing Saturday were found safe in Beaverton on Monday, according to reports.

Amanuel Abebe, 17, Dureti Edao and Meaza Kebede, both 18, were found by law enforcement. Zeyituna Mohammed, 18, is still missing.

Abebe ran in the men’s 100m and 200m heats. Edao made the women’s 800m semifinals. Kebede competed in the women’s 400m hurdles heats. Mohammed was sixth in the women’s 800m.

It was not reported if the athletes were seeking asylum, but they were not believed to be in harm’s way.

An Ethiopian team doctor, who acted as a translator at the meet, declined comment to reporters asking about the missing athletes Sunday and refused to translate English questions about them to Ethiopian athletes.

Ethiopia was the fourth-most successful nation at the World Junior Championships, winning six medals, including three golds, at the meet that ended Sunday. The U.S. led the tally for total medals (21) and golds (11).

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