"We know he's as famous as our famous runners like Kenenisa Bekele," she said referring to the twice Olympic 10,000 meters champion. "But I think Ethiopians can beat him at running."
Federer, who was to run against the school's best athletes, agreed saying: "I'm in a lot of trouble."
The race kicked off, with the Swiss immediately humbled as the Ethiopian children, who live at high altitude, overtook him en masse, a goat leading the field for the first 500 meters. Federer finished near the back of the field.
"I've always had massive respect for long distance sports," he said. "The terrain was so dangerous and they ran barefoot. It was impressive to say the least."
The children, too, were confused by a man more used to split-second exertion.
"How old are you?" one girl said. Super-fit Federer, 28, asked her to guess.
"I don't know about white people," she said, shyly. "45?"
cute pics & funny dialogue!