ADDIS ABABA – Lamecha Girma and Gudaf Tsegay won silver medals for Ethiopia in men’s 3000m and women’s 1500m races, respectively, at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.
The two races, the men’s 3000m steeplechase and the women’s 1500m took place at Oregon on Monday evening, consecutively.
Athlete Lamecha was unable to beat Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali’s slow but well-executed tactic. El Bakkali won gold in 8:25.13 – the slowest time in the history of the championships, as per the sports governing body World Athletics.
Lamecha, however, was able to secure the fifth medal for Ethiopia and himself, for the second straight championships, clocking 8:26.01.
Conseslus Kipruto won bronze for Kenya after finishing third in 8:27.92. This was the first time a Kenyan has finished out of the top two since 1991.
– ‘Grateful’ Gudaf –
In the women’s 1500m race, however, Faith Kipyegon won the first gold medal for Kenya, regaining the world title that she first won in 2017.
World indoor champion Gudaf was with Kipyegon nearly every step until the Kenyan pulled away with about 300 meters to go and went on to win the Gold, clocking 3:52.96, the second-fastest time on US soil.
Ethiopia’s Gudaf took the silver in 3:54.52, upgrading from the bronze she won in 2019.
“I was expecting more from this race, but my opponents were more experienced and lucky so I have to be grateful for the silver,” said the 25-year-old athlete, who also will run the 5000m later in the week.
Great Britain’s Laura Muir finished third, clocking 3:55.28, six seconds ahead of another Ethiopian athlete, Freweyni Hailu.
Ethiopia now sits in the second position on the medal table at the 18th edition of the World Athletic Championships with six medals — three gold and three silver.
Featured Image Caption: Kipyegon overtook Gudaf on the final lap to win Kenya’s first Gold medal in this year’s world championships in Eugene [Photo Getty Images]
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