Genzebe Dibaba’s two gold medals (1500m and 3000m), Yomif Kejelcha’s gold medal on 3000m, Samuel Tefera’s gold medal on 1500m, and Selemon Barega’s silver medal on 3000m made Ethiopia stand out the second country, next to USA, on the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2018 medal table.
BIRMINGHAM, UK (EthiopiaOnline)―The media has covered the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 well enough; without further ado, let’s list the collection of medals which make Ethiopia stand second, next to the United States which amassed 18 medals.
Genzebe Dibaba kickstarted the medal count
Serial record holder Genzebe Dibaba won a fourth consecutive world indoor title when she romped to victory in the 3,000m in Birmingham on Thursday (March 1).
And the 27-year-old favorite made no mistake at the Arena Birmingham, streaking around the blue track for an unprecedented eighth Ethiopian victory in the last nine world indoor 3000m events, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri the only blot back in 2012.
Lightning doesn’t strike twice at one place, but Genzebe Dibaba does!
Genzebe Dibaba strikes again on Saturday (March 3) – a second gold medal for herself as well as for her country on the event. She gets her second gold medal of the championships by storming to 1500m victory on Saturday with an incredible performance. Genzebe Dibaba’s two victories in Birmingham make her only the second woman athlete to complete a world indoor championships 1500m-3000m double. The other athlete is Gabriela Szabo of Romania, who won 1500m-3000m double in Maebashi, Japan in 1999.
Yomif Kejelcha secures his title
Yomif Kejelcha successfully defended his world indoor 3000m title by taking the lead before the 2km mark, and doing his best Mo Farah imitation after that, never giving up the lead and winning convincingly in 8:14.41. That makes the third gold medal for Ethiopia. Yomif took the lead with six laps remaining and controlled the race from there to grab a convincing victory. Yomif Kejelcha’s competition and his winning style was as comparably amazing as his homie Genzebe Dibaba’s win in the women’s 3,000 race.
Selemon Barega nabbed second place on 3000m
Selemon Barega followed his teammate Yomif Kejelcha on 3000m to win silver medal, clocking 8:15.59 by edging Kenya’s Bethwell Birgen who won the only medal for Kenya at these championships – a bronze in 8:15.76 time. Selemon’s medal is the one and only silver medal, of course other than the gold medals, for Ethiopia on the championships.
A tremendous victory for the young Samuel Tefera
Samuel Tefera is just 18-year-old rookie. On January 27, 2018, he broke the world U20 indoor 1500m record at Meeting Elite en Salle de Leure in Val de Reuil Indoor 2018 in France and that was the highlighted time when the media began hearing about the athlete. Samuel won Ethiopia’s fourth gold medal of the championships in just his fourth ever indoor race, kicking hard in the latter stages of a highly tactical 1500m to deny Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski and Morocco’s 2012 champion Abdelaati Iguider. His victory makes Samuel the youngest man ever to win the title.
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