Tsehay Gemechu
IAAF World Championships
IAAF World Athletics Championships, DOHA 2019

The women’s 10,000m produced one of the major highlights of the fourth day of athletics at the African Games in Rabat, with Ethiopia stamping their authority in the event on Thursday (29).

Tsehay Gemechu ensured her teammates followed the game plan to the latter. Halfway into the race, the Ethiopian trio of Gemechu, Zeineba Yimer, Dera Dida and Kenya’s Irene Jepchumba disengaged from the rest of the pack. Jepchumba tried to keep up with Gemechu, staying in second place, but at the sound of the bell, the latter sped away. Her compatriots took that as a signal and followed hard after her, eventually overtaking the Kenyan while Gemechu took gold in 31:56.92. The silver medal went to Yimer (31:57.95) while Dida took bronze with 31:58.78.

Ethiopia wasn’t the only nation to achieve a sweep of the medals on Thursday as Egypt finished 1-2-3 in the men’s hammer, replicating their feat from the 2018 African Championships.

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Two-time African champion Mostafa Elgamel retained his title with a best effort of 72.50m, which he secured at his fourth attempt. The Egyptian set the pace for his compatriots, Alaa El Ashry (72.04m) and Eslam Mohamed (71.36m) who completed the podium.


Following the disqualification of world U20 champion Sokwakhana Zazini in the semifinals, Algeria’s African champion Abdelmalik Lahoulou started as the favourite for the men’s 400m hurdles final. He retained his title in a season’s best of 49.08, while Bienvenu Sawadogo and Amine Mohammed Touati clocked PBs of 49.25 and 49.29 respectively to place second and third.

Lahoulou’s compatriot Hichem Cherabi successfully defended his pole vault title from four years ago, clearing 5.00m. Majdi Chahata of Tunisia and decathlon winner Larbi Bourrada were second and third with 4.70m.

Three-time African long jump champion Ese Brume won her first African Games title with a leap of 6.69m. The Nigerian, who soared to a personal best of 7.05m a few weeks ago, had an easy win as each of her jumps were good enough for gold. Ghana’s Deborah Acquah (6.37m) and Lynique Beneke (6.30m) of South Africa took the silver and bronze respectively.

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Chioma Onyekwere proved too strong for the South African duo of Yolandi Stander (57.75m) and Iscke Senekal (53.95) in the women’s discus. After fouling on her third and fourth attempts, the Nigerian produced her gold-winning throw of 59.91m on her fifth attempt.

Gambian record-holder Gina Bass ran the fastest time in the women’s 200m semis on Thursday, clocking 22.76 to top the standings ahead of Friday’s final. World silver medallist Marie Josée Ta Lou won her race in 23.30.

In the men’s event, Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru comfortably won his 200m semi in 20.45. Teammate Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Sydney Siame of Zambia won the other two races in 20.76 and 20.67 respectively.

Yemi Olus for the IAAF

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  1. All these youngester from Oromia made the country to stand out in the international level. Butethiopia buled by amara is known for poverty, genocide and corruption.
    . They are right. Ethiopian orthodox leaders are now speaking against it since they are going to loose many followers paying money. They are freeloaders.Ethiopian orthodox priets and bishops amass a pile of money and transfer it to thier family. The church is owned by priests and bishops who consider church as thier own private enterprise. You could go and ask ethiopian bank you will hear something unbelievable a clergymen owning morethan 2 Million upto 30 million.

    Check it out please. All these money is coming from poor people making thier living by selling firewoods and toasted cereals. The money coming from oromia like Kulibie Gabriel and other churches and Tigray regions (Axum and other monasteries ) is that enriched the Ethiopian Orthodox clergymen.

    They were saying it is the amhara people who sponsored us when we were studying at tradtional school (socalled Kolo Temari bet) but in reality it is the whole ethiopian nations and nationalities that helped and contributed to the church including Muslim brothers in Merkato and Wollo region as far as I knew.

    During Derge regime, ethiopian orthodox church was swarmed by Gondores and they were corrupted and full of nepotism. Churchmen are always anxious about thier followers quantity just for collecting money and taxes .
    Amhara is using te church to numb the rest of nations and nationalities.

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