Biruk either wants to be a runner or a doctor. He was 13 when we met him, and he divided his time between running, studying and working in his grandmother's kiosk.

The kiosk takes up a lot of his time. He does his homework there, sells matches, oil and cigarettes, and picks up on all the local roadside news.
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But Biruk finds it hard to get to training on time, and while we were with him, he found himself deciding whether to give up running to aim for medicine, or carry on training in the hope of being the next Kenenisa Bekele.

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