The curtains fell last Sunday on the 17th edition of the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmimgham. Among the participants in this competition, the African athletes were able to take their game by winning a total of 11 medals.
And it is Ethiopia who has won the lion’s share with 5 charms including 2 for Genzebe Dibaba (she was victorious over 1500m after winning a third world title over 3000m). This country of East Africa ranks second behind the United States, which has been awarded the prize with 18 charms including 6 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze. Poland completes the podium with 5 medals.
On the men’s side, Ethiopia still shone with the double on the 3000m (Yomif Kejelcha – Selemon Barega) with a third place for the Kenyan Bethwell Birgen. The only medal of the country at these Worlds.
The 1500 ma also saw the success of the Ethiopian Samuel Tefera with a third place for the Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider. Highly expected in the sprint, the African women responded. Ivory Coast girls Murielle Ahouré and Marie José Ta Lou made the double on 60m. A first for the continent.
A medal for South Africa with silver for Luvo Manyonga in long jump. Despite his African record with 8.44 m, he finished behind the Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria . To finish, the Burundian Francine Niyonsaba won the gold on 800 m.