A 16-year-old Ethiopian runner has been ridiculed online by social media users who say she looks too old to be competing in an under-20 competition.
Girmawit Gebrzihair won the bronze medal in the 5,000m race at the World Under-20 Championships, which are currently being held in Tampere, Finland.
But Gebrzihair’s third place finish led to a backlash on social media from commenter’s who question her listed birth date of November 21, 2001.
Among those who mocked the athlete online was Oscar Husillos, a Spanish sprinter who specialises in the 200m and 400m.
The 24-year-old retweeted a picture of Gebrzihair, adding in Spanish: ‘Her children and grandchildren are in the stands to see her run in the World U20 Championships.’
Another commented: ‘16? That woman has lived through the American Civil War, two world wars and saw Pele’s Brazil lift the 1970 World Cup.’
And another added: ‘Is there no other way of controlling these things apart from looking at a passport? It is hard to believe.’
Gebrzihair finished third behind her compatriot Ejgayehu Taye and Kenyan athlete Beatrice Chebet, who took gold in the 5,000m final.
According to Daily Mail, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have yet to comment.
We can only wait and see what IAAF has to say on this.