The World Athletic Championships started on Friday, July 15th and it has since become the most talked about sports event in the last few days.
The event kicked off in Eugene at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Athletes from various parts of the world have come together to compete, including exceptional talents from Africa who have already shown their incredible talents on the international stage.
Currently, “Marathon and 10,000 meters race” are the two disciplines with the most medals for athletes from Africa.
Below are the African athletes who have won medals so far:
Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola, 30, became the first athlete to complete the 42.195km in 2h05’36’. Her performance won her the gold medal, as she also managed to set a world record. Along with Tamirat, Mosinet Geremew, also from Ethiopia, came in second and won the silver medal.
Also, an Ethiopian, Letesenbet Gidey won gold in the women’s 10,000m on July 17. The 24-year-old won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Athletics and bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Another Ethiopian, Gotytom Gebreslase patiently squeezed in behind her rival at the end of the race before rushing to victory in the Women’s World Championship marathon on Monday. She finished the fast, flat course in a championship-record time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds.
In the women’s 10,000 meter event, Helen Obiri and Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi, both from Kenya, finished second and third in the competition in Eugene, Oregon.
According to reports, kenya’s Stanley Waithaka Mburu recovered from a fall to win silver in the 10,000m.
However, another Kenyan, Judith Jeptum Korir, who did most of the work in the women’s marathon final, finished second, nine seconds behind her Ethiopian opponent.
At Steve Prefontaine Stadium in Eugene, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei remained the king of the 10,000m, winning his second consecutive world title on Sunday. His compatriot Jacob Kiplimo finished third in the same race.
Moroccan runner Sofiane Bakkali have also won a gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase, while Faith Kipyegon of Kenya has won her Country’s first gold in Oregon.