Ethiopian women athletes won Gold and Silver medals for 10,000 meters

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 Abbay Media News
Yassin Ibrahim

Ethiopian women athletes Almaz Ayana and Tirunesh Dibaba are respectively the Gold and Silver medal winners of the 10,000 meters World Championships in London on Saturday August 5 ,2017. Almaz Ayana finished first in 30 minutes and 16.32 seconds, 46.37 seconds earlier and about 300 meters ahead of her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba.

Nobody expected Almaz Ayana to win let alone win with such record breaking margin of 46.37 seconds after she sustained injuries that forced the athlete to cancel different appearances. Almaz Ayana, who intentionally commenced slow, started pulling away after the 10th laps and has made a considerable gap of 30 meters by the 12th lap. It took Ayana only 8:33 minutes to complete the next 3000 meters.  

Tirunesh Dibaba, the 32 year old former World and Olympic champion, completed the race 2nd place beating the two Kenyans Agnes Jebet Tirop and Alice Nawowuna. Dibaba  acknowledged that it was a very fast race and that she knew Almaz was going to run very fast. Dibaba, who is now focusing on running marathons, added “If I had followed her, I wouldn’t have won a medal. I know my capacity these days because my training for this race was very short.”.

Earlier during the day the British  Mo Farah won the Gold  medal for 10,000 meters men’s race. That victory prompted Haile Gebreselassie, the President of Ethiopian Athletic Federation, to make unfounded and premature accusation of performance drug use by the British Gold Medal Winner and stirred anger among a lot of Ethiopians.