NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – ETHIOPIA’S ace long distance female runner, Genzebe Dibaba, has won the World Championships 1 500m race to set the tone to what is expected to be a continuation of the rivalry between her country and Kenya.
At the race held in Beijing, China, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon came second.
Although several other races are yet to be run, all eyes were on Kenyan female Kipyegon against her Ethiopian sensation counterpart Dibaba.
Dibaba eventually emerged victorious in a time of 4:06.74 ahead of Kipyegon, who finished 4:06.88 to book place into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) semi-final.
British hard runner, Laura Muir, came third, and also qualified for the semi-final.
In another exciting long distance race, another Ethiopian marathon female runner, Dawit Seyaum, emerged victorious to join her fellow country lady, Dibaba.
Earlier in the men’s 10 000m, it was again Ethiopia’s British adopted athlete, Mo Farah, who beat Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.
However, with the world championships just having started, athletes still have time to battle for prestige, supremacy and national pride.
– CAJ News