East African athletes shine at World Championships BEIJING 2015
The IGAD region had a remarkably successful World Athletics Championship 2015, in Beijing last week with Kenya topping the medal table with 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals, and beating Jamaica, the US and the UK, into second, third and fourth in the medals’ table. Ethiopia came fifth with 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Kenyans took gold medals in the men’s 800m; women's 10,000m; men's 3,000m steeplechase; women's 3,000m steeplechase; the men’s 400m hurdles; men's javelin and the men’s 1,500m. Genzebe Dibaba in the women’s 1,500m; Mare Dibaba in the women’s marathon; and Almaz Ayana in the women’s 5.000m won Ethiopia’s gold medals. Gelete Burka in the women’s 10,000m; Senbere Teferi in the women’s 5,000; and Yemane Tsegaye in the men’s marathon won silver medals; and Hagos Gebrhiwet in the men’s 5,000m and Genzebe Dibaba in the women’s 5,000 took bronze medals. The first three places in the women’s 5,000 meters went to Ethiopians. Eritrea won its first ever gold medal at the World Championships in the men’s marathon.