The trio of Almaz Ayana, Senbere Teferi and Genzebe Dibaba all Ethiopians won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the just concluded IAAF Championships, Beijing 2015
Almaz Ayana won the 5,000-meter final on Sunday in a world championship record 14 minutes, 26.83 seconds, leading other athletes and surprisingly, her country fellow Genzebe Dibaba. It was surprising because no woman has managed to defeat Dibaba this year. She has broken world records and dominated the IAAF Diamond League circuit and won the gold medal in the 1500m earlier in the week.
Ayana reached 3000m in 8:55.63, having covered the previous kilometre in 2:48.71, and was starting to pull away from Dibaba – a sight previously unseen anywhere in the world this year With four laps to go, Ayana made a move and started to lift the pace, leaving Genzebe Dibaba behind. With two laps to go, she led by 50 meters. Dibaba, who won the 1,500-meter title was edged for the silver by Senbera Teferi, who finished in 14:44.07. Dibaba was 0.07 seconds behind for the bronze medal. It was Genzebe Dibaba’s fifth race of the championship.
Kenyan runners finished fourth, fifth and sixth while other athletes tolled behind them.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was founded as the world governing body for the sport of track and field athletics on 17 July 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden. IAAF Beijing 2015 was brought to a close August 30.