Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ethiopia/Mohammed Aman: Rudisha’s Ordeal

Ethiopian born Mohammed Aman will be remembered as the only man in the history of world athletics to have interrupted the 800m legend, David Rudisha’s stream of success, twice. This time, it was in Zurich on August 30 before thousands of expert spectators that Aman got his second victory over Rudisha. Whereas, the Olympic Champion and World record man did not come to lose; he came to win for the nth time.

He never thought of the Ethiopian whose 6th place finish at the just ended London Olympic Games and age (only 18 years old) disqualified him as one of the favourites of this race. At his age, the Kenyan champion had not even gotten the African title and had never run below 1:43. Mohammed Aman, on his part had already broken to the surface of the international scene at the age of 17 when he won his first major world title in Turkey in February 2011.  A few months laterin September, he beat world champion, David Rudisha, in Rieti as he finished .11 seconds clear of his opponent. Unbeaten since 2009, the man who was accustomed to winning had just finished first in Daegu, South Korea, leaving the young Ethiopian contented with an 8th spot. Some analysts think that the adverse weather condition in Zurich at the time of the race is partly responsible for Rudisha’s defeat. But what if the distance between the 800m king and his two rivals, Mohammed Aman and Botswanan Amos Nijel (silver medalist and best record of all time) is closing dangerously? By the way, the Ethiopian’s victory in Zurich already puts him in an advantaged position over his opponents in the Diamond League. With 14 points and just one more race (Brussels) to go, —of which Rudisha would not be part —, Aman is sure of topping the records file. 2013 is the year the native of Assela hopes to level score with his Kenyan opponent. Then, the world would witness a spectacular and passionate Rudisha-Aman-Amos battle for supremacy. With these three speed machines capable of running below the 1:42 line, the 800m event is promising. The world is bracing up for a wave of extraordinary performances triggered by legendary athlete, Masaï, years ago.


Mohammed Aman

Born on 10 January 1994 in Assela, Ethiopia

1,75 m, 58 kg

Specialist in : 800 m

Record: 1’42”52


2012 World indoor Champion, double African Junior champion (2009 and 2011), winner of the 2012 Diamond League

His 5 best records in the 800 m in 2012

 Zurich, 30 August 2012: 1’42”53

London, 06 August 2012: 1’43”20

Daegu, 16 May 2012: 1’43”51

Stockholm, 17 August 2012: 1’ 43”56

Rabat, 27 May 2012: 1’43”51