Athletics..and with the Third All-African games drawing to a close, two countries, Tanzania and Ethiopia,?
Athletics..and with the Third All-African games drawing to a close, two countries, Tanzania and Ethiopia, gained their first gold medals of the competition, in two men's track events. Tanzania's Filbert Bayi won the 1,500 metres final and Ethiopia's Johannes Mohammed the 5,000 metres, on Thursday (27 July) the final day of African games competition.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the 1,500 metres final. And it was Bayi, the world record holder, who led from the start, sticking to his tradition of front running.
Bayi, a captain in the Tanzanian army, was still in the lead when the field approached the final lap ..and he retained the lead despite a strong challenge from Kenya's Wilson Waigwa. The Bronze went to Algerian Amar Brahmia.
Bayi's time of three minutes 32.2 seconds was the world's second fastest of the season, achieved despite a heavy cold.
The 5,000 metres race in progress. It was run without one of the pre-race favourites-Ethiopia's Miruts Yifter, who pulled out of this event, as well as the 10,000 metres, with an eye infection and a pulled muscle.
But his team-mate, Johannes Mohammed proved Ethiopia's strength in long distance track running. He ran a clever tactical race, and just managed to ward off Kenya's Michael Musyoki - who had earlier won a silver medal in the 10,000 metres. Mohammed's winning time - 13 minutes 44.39, just four tenths faster than Musyoki. The bronze went to Tanzania's Miamb Seleman.