Amazing Russian gold rush by Tirunesh & Mohammed Aman


Inspired by the stunning gold medal performance of Ethiopia’s greatest female athlete Tirunesh Dibaba, Mohammed Aman earned a second gold for his country on Tuesday, paving the way for a new generation of great Ethiopian middle-distance runners.
Tirunesh proved why she is regarded as a legend of women’s distance running in Moscow, claiming her fifth World Championship.
Running within herself until the final lap, TIrunesh was seen exchanging words with fellow Ethiopian Belaynesh Oljira before finding her famous finishing gear to clock 30:43:35, followed by Kenyan Gladys Cherono and the hard-working Belaynesh, who claimed her first World Championship bronze.
Mohammed Aman forced his way into an exclusive club, becoming the first Ethiopian to become world champion in the 800 meters.
Born in the town of Assela, Oromia Regional state, Mohammed has disproved the theory that Ethiopians are only a force in long-distance running.
He is the only athlete to have defeated World and Olympic record-holder David Rudisha, doing so twice at Zurich and Milan.
By winning in Moscow, the Diamond League-leading Mohammed not only collected a priceless gold medal, but opened a new chapter in Ethiopian athletic history and placed himself alongside all-time greats Abele Bikila, Miruts Yifter, Haile Gebreselassie, Derartu Tulu, Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba.
Mohammed claimed his gold with a time of 1:43:33, ahead of runners from the US and Djibouti.
Today is the last day of competition, with eight medals to be awarded, including the men’s and women’s 4 x 100 meter relays, both likely to be a straight fight between Jamaica and the US.