Ethiopia tops World Indoor Athletics championship 14th edition African medal table collecting five medals. An Ethiopian short distance athlete is on the rise in the form of 18 year old Mohammed Amman while Olympic and world champion Meseret Defar deny her fifth consecutive five gold medals in the event.
All time record 172 nations in the lineup, Istanbul stages one of the best ever world Indoor athletics championship where new athletics stars including Ethiopian 800 meter phenomenon Mohammed Aman, Kenyan 3000 meter latest queen Helen Osando and compatriot Palema Jelimo, the only athlete to set Istanbul’s new world record born.
One of the events real surprises, the youngest ever IAAF 800 meter Indoor championship at the age of 18 Mohammed Aman, takes the gold medal entailing Jakub Holusa and Britain’s Andrew Odugie. “I would have clocked a better time but for the slow laps. Any ways it is time to focus on the 2012 London Olympics,” a breathless Mohamed Aman told reporters. The latest and youngest star from Dibaba’s dynasty Genzebe featured a magnificent display at Istanbul 1500 meters women’s event out-foxing Kenyan young athlete from the coveted gold to bring home her first ever Indoor gold medal. The match anticipated women’s 3000 meter event ended with drama filled finish with Kenyan Helen Osando snatching away the gold medal from pre-race hot favorite Ethiopian Meseret Defar. The four consecutive time World Indoor 3000 meter champion Meseret took the lead since the fifth round and stayed on course until the final 200 meter where the little known Helen coming from behind like an express train to a straight gold finish in 8:37.15 a second earlier than Meseret followed by compatriot Gelete Burka to third place.
Though battled to the limit till crossing the finishing line, Mekonen G/Meskel only settled to 1500 meter bronze medal, a big achievement for Ethiopian athletes. Gelete Burka proved her potential for 3000 meter taking home the bronze medal finishing behind Kenyan Helen and compatriot Meseret Defar. Dejen G/ Meskel and Fantu Migeso each received certificate for finishing fourth.
In over all count America stood on top with ten gold, three silver and five bronze a total of 18 medals followed by Great Britain. Ethiopia won the third place with two gold one silver and two bronze medals while Kenya finished fourth.