Ethiopia’s Medina Claims her First-ever Diamond League Win in Marrakech

Teenager Medina Eisa took her first-ever Diamond League victory in the women’s 5000m in Morocco’s Marrakech city on Sunday.

Ethiopians featured heavily in the event as Medina, Melknat Wudu and Fotyen Tesfaye took on Kenya’s Edinah Jebitok on the blustery night.

The 19-year-old Medina put in a standout performance to win the race in 14:34.16, edging her compatriot Fotyen in 14:34.21. Kenya’s Jebitok ran her personal best 14:35.64 to take the third spot ahead of Melknat (14:39.79).



Medina was content with her winning performance. “I am very happy of course. Winning and a good time for me. The race was, as I expected, fast. I enjoyed it,” the 2023 African games champion said.

She added: “I am not sure about my next race, maybe in Eugene in Diamond League. At the Olympics, I think I will run the 5000m.”

In the women’s 800m, South Africa’s Prudence Sekgodiso claimed her first ever Diamond League win over Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu, clocking a world lead and new personal best of 1:57.26.

El Bakkali Edges Getnet to Victory

The Moroccan steeplechase star Soufiane El Bakkali claims victory at his home meeting for the third year in a row after a grueling battle with Getnet Wale of Ethiopia.

His finishing time – 8:09.40 – is a season’s best for the Olympic champion El Bakkali. World silver medalist Getnet came in second in 8:09.78 and Kenya’s Amos Serem was third in 8:10.82.

El Bakkali said he was “so happy” to win in front of “my supporters as winning at home always has a different taste.”

“I will start my preparation for the Olympic games where my goal is to keep my title,” Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion added.

Steeplechase world record-holder Lamecha Girma was not in the line-up as he opted to contest the 1500m instead.

On the same night, the versatile Ethiopian, who also holds the world indoor 3000m record, finished fourth in the race won by France’s Azeddine Habz. Britain’s Gorge Mills and Elliot Giles took the second and third spots, respectively.

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