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Eritrean track team members found after going missing during world championships

The University of Oregon Police Department said four athletes and a coach from the Eritrean men's track and field team had gone missing over the weekend.
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FILE - Flags are shown on the south side of Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 18, 2020. Barring a sudden, unexpected end to the war in Ukraine, athletes from Russia and Belarus will be banned from next month's track and field world championships, which marks the largest international sports event since the end of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

EUGENE, Ore. — Five members of the Eritrean track and field team who went missing after participating in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene have been found, a University of Oregon spokesperson said Thursday. 

The University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD) said that four athletes and a coach went missing Saturday, July 23, as the international track and field competition was wrapping up. 

They were identified Thursday as Filmon Ande, 24, Yemane Haileselassie Teklehaimanot, 24, Habtom Samuel Keleta, 18, Merhawi Mebrahtu Teweldebererhan, 18, and Berhe Asgedom Nigusse, 44. 

Shortly after police announced their disappearance, the Eritrean National Athletics Federation, which initially made the missing persons report, said the athletes were found, are no longer in danger and will be "resuming activities with their team," a UO spokesperson said.  

UOPD previously said they had been staying in the UO dorms during the event, and that there was no evidence of foul play in their disappearance. 

The world championships were held at Hayward Field on the UO campus July 15-24. The international contest drew track and field athletes and fans from all over the world during that 10-day span. 

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