Istambul, Turkey- Mohammed Aman won Ethiopia’s second goal medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championship when he finished first in the men’s 800m here today.
It was an exciting victory for the 19-year-old Aman, who beat a strong challenge from Jakub Holusa of the Czech Republic and Andrew Osagie of Great Britain.
Meseret Defar’s attempt to become the first woman in history to win five successive World Indoor titles in the same event was spoiled when Helen Ousando Obiri of Kenya won the gold medal in the women’s 3,000m race here today in 8:37.16.
Meseret Defar had to settle for silver, finishing second in 8:38.26 and followed by compatriot Gelete Burka, who came in third (8:40.18).
Bernard Lagat of the United States defended his 3,000m men’s title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships here today when he run a season best time of 7:41.44.
Lagat’s main competitor Mohamed Farah of Great Britain came in fourth place, while Ethiopia’s representatives Dejen Gebremeskel and Yenew Alamirew finished in 5th and 9th place respectively.
In the women’s 800m final, 19-year-old Fantu Magiso of Ethiopia finished in 4th place.