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The five finalists of the 2019 Men's and Women's Rising Star Award, recognizing this year's top under-20 athletes, are well-known. Africa will be represented, in boys, by Ethiopians Selemon Barega (vice world champion of 5000 m in Doha, best world performer of under 20 years in 5000m and 10.000m) and Lamecha Girma (vice world champion of 3000m steeplechase in Doha, world No. 1 under 20 in the 3000m steeplechase and national record holder in the 3000m steeplechase).
For the girls, it's the Ethiopian Lemlem Hailu (best world under-20 performance in the 1500m, bronze medalist at the African Games and semi-finalist of the Doha Worlds) who is one of the nominees.
The winners will be announced live on the gala stage in Monaco on Saturday 20th November.