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    As noted by the Oregonian 4 team members went missing Sat am. 1 male and 3 female athletes. Interesting is the description that 1 or 2 are in their 20's! Perhaps they are seeking asylum and defected to Nike or adidas HQ in Portland. New US blood in the distances ala Meb and Lagat?

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/i...incart_m-rpt-1

  • #2
    I saw that story too....via twitter.
    Then MileSplit tweeted that maybe 1 or more of the missing was an Ethiopian 1500 woman.
    They speculated how this might affect the (then) upcoming 1500 final!!

    Pretty crass, IMHO!!
    I even tweeted to them that I thought we should care more about their health, safety, and welfare....than about whether Efraimson & Cranny would be aided by their not being there (if that had been the case!!).

    I hope they're okay!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Track Blazer View Post
      As noted by the Oregonian 4 team members went missing Sat am. 1 male and 3 female athletes. Interesting is the description that 1 or 2 are in their 20's! Perhaps they are seeking asylum and defected to Nike or adidas HQ in Portland. New US blood in the distances ala Meb and Lagat?

      http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/i...incart_m-rpt-1
      So what is the latest from this situation ? Anyone know ?
      "Sprintin' ain't easy,baby !

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fourjz View Post
        So what is the latest from this situation ? Anyone know ?
        Three of the 4 have been found in Beaverton.
        I think the other is known to be safe, but hasn't surfaced yet.
        I think they're staying with an Ethiopian family in Beaverton.

        The police have said it's out of their hands now----their only mission was to find them.
        They've turned the case (of the ones found) to other authorities.

        Just my opinion, but sounds to me like they're seeking asylum.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Track Blazer View Post
          As noted by the Oregonian 4 team members went missing Sat am. 1 male and 3 female athletes. Interesting is the description that 1 or 2 are in their 20's!
          The article linked to said: "The missing athletes include a 17-year-old boy and three women believed to be between ages 18 to 20."

          That is not the same as "in their 20's". A later article said they were 17, and three 18-year-olds.
          Cheers,
          Alan Shank
          Woodland, CA

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aaronk View Post
            Just my opinion, but sounds to me like they're seeking asylum.
            They will probably be wearing the stars and stripes in 2020 Olympics

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            • #7
              One of the by-products of hosting a championship... Australia picked up a number of athletes in various sports from hosting WJ in 1996, OG in 2000 and Comm Games in 2006.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by aaronk View Post
                Three of the 4 have been found in Beaverton.
                The fourth has turned up in the State of Washington. Link on front page (scroll down).

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                • #9
                  Good to know these 4 are OK, at least as of now, though their situation I presume will remain in limbo for a while. I have learnt in this case that Ethiopians comprise one of the leading asylum-seeking groups in the USA. Perhaps I should have known that, but I didn't
                  until now.

                  As for the athletes, they and their athletics marks are:

                  Amanuel Abebe (Nov 1996) sprinter 10.99, 22.19
                  Dureti Edao (Apr 1996) middle distance 2:03.25, 4:15.91. Her 800m mark was from WYC last year, where she earned silver.
                  Zeytuna Mohammed ((Feb 1996) middle distance 2:01.6hA
                  Meaza Kebede (Apr 1996) 400m hurdles 1:00.00

                  Their marks are not of great importance to me relative to their safety and a hoped-for positive outcome of this case, but as this case developed in the athletics context, I was curious about their events and marks so looked them up & included them here. I wish them well.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AS View Post
                    One of the by-products of hosting a championship... Australia picked up a number of athletes in various sports from hosting WJ in 1996, OG in 2000 and Comm Games in 2006.
                    Do you recall who?

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                    • #11
                      I think the nose busting, bronze medalling ex Cameroonian weightlifter was one of them from 2006

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