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Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey Wins 10,000m Bronze Medal

Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, the current world record holder in the 10,000m, won bronze on Saturday night at the Olympics Stadium in Tokyo.

Former world record holder Sifan Hassan of Netherlands won gold in 29:55.52 followed by Bahrain’s  Kalkidan Gezahegne in 29:56.18.

Gidey came in third in a time of 30:01.72 despite leading the better part of the race before fading the final stretch.

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, who won silver in 5,000m behind Hassan, came in fourth in a personal best of 30:24.47.

She was followed by Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who finished fifth and in the process set a national record 30:41.93.

Eritrea’s Dolshi Tesfu finished in the fifth position while Sheila Chelangat from Kenya  took 16th position  in 31:48.23.

South Africa’s Scott Dominic came home in a distant 20th position in 32:14.25 ,with Uganda’s Mercyline Chelangat coming home last in a time of 33:10.90, in a race that claimed six athletes from four nations.

Hassan had clocked a world record time of 29:06.82 in June this year  but it just stood for two days as Gidey topped it with a time of 29:01.03.


She takes to the Netherlands three medals having pocketed  gold in the 5000m and bronze in the 1500m in Tokyo.

Women’s 10000m final:
1. Sifan Hassan NED 29:55.32 🥇🇳🇱
2. Kalkidan Gezahegn BRN 29:56.18 🥈🇧🇭
3. Letesenbet Gidey ETH 30:01.72 🥉🇪🇹
4. Hellen Obiri KEN 30:24.27
5. Francine Niyonsaba BDI 30:41.93
6. Irene Chebet Cheptai KEN 30:44.00
7. Ririka Hironaka JPN 31:00.71
8. Konstanze Kosterhalfen GER 31:01.97
9. Eilish McColgan GBR 31:04.46
10. Emily Sisson USA


Photos Credit: Reuters


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