Eritrean-born sprinter Meraf Bahta. Photo: Scanpix.

Star runner could be Swedish by Friday

Eritrean-born track runner Meraf Bahta may become a Swedish citizen on Friday, which means she could compete for Sweden in the athletics world championships that kick off in Moscow in August.

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has notified Bahta's club, Hälle IF, that a decision will be made Friday as to whether her citizenship application has been approved or not, Swedish Radio reported today.

If the response is positive that means that Bahta's club has time to register her for the athletics world championships in Moscow before the July 29th deadline.

"These are nail-biting times," Bahta's coach Ulf Björklund told Swedish Radio Sports.

The 23-year-old Bahta is currently competing for Eritrea. At a competition in Finland last weekend, she achieved a new personal record, running 3,000 metres in a time of 8.85,55 -  the second best time in Sweden ever.

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