Monday, 19 August 2013 11:38 Written by newbusinessethiopia
With 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals Ethiopia’s athletics team completes sixth after Germany on World Championships ended on Sunday in Moscow, Russia.
While the neighbouring strong team of Kenya finished fourth in the medals table after the Russian Federation, the United States and Jamaica with 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze.
On Friday (August 16), Mohammed Farah, Britain’s Somaliland-born runner, took the gold medal in the men’s 5,000m. Hagos Gebrehiwot (Ethiopia) won the silver medal, literally an inch or two ahead of Kenya’s Isaih Kiplangat Koech who took the bronze medal.
This victory by Mohammed Farah means he has accomplished the extraordinary achievement of taking the two gold medals at 5,000m and 10,000m in both the World Championships and the Olympics.
The only other person to have achieved this feat at these distances in both the World Championships and the Olympics is Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele. Kenenisa holds the world records at both distances.
Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar, twice Olympic champion at the women’s 5,000m, regained the World Championship gold medal she last won in 2007. Mercy Cherono of Kenya took the silver medal and Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the bronze medal.
The marathon was won by Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, who is also the current Olympic champion. Lelisa Desisa and Tadese Tola, both of Ethiopia, took the silver and bronze medals respectively. In the men’s 1,500m, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, took the gold medal and Kenya’s Eunice Sum took the gold in the women’s 800m final.