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Letesenbet Gidey Holds On To Win Women’s 10,000 In Wild Finish At World Athletics Championships

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Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia wins the women's 10,000-meter run final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Eugene. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

World record-holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia won the women’s 10,000 meters in a wild finish Saturday in the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field.

Four women came off the final turn with a chance to win. Gidey was the first to the finish line, but just barely.

Gidey’s winning time was 30 minutes, 9.94 seconds. Kenyan Hellen Obiri was second in 30:10.02 and fellow Kenyan Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi third in 30:10.07.

Heading around the turn and onto the straight, it looked for all the world like the race was Sifan Hassan’s for the taking.

Hassan, a double gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, was perfectly positioned, just wide enough for a straight, unobstructed shot at the finish line.

But Hassan, who represents the Netherlands, couldn’t sustain her kick. She crossed a close fourth in 30:10.56.

It was a competitive, wicked-fast race. Karissa Schweizer, U.S. champion from the Portland-based, Nike-sponsored Bowerman Track Club, rode in their jet stream to a ninth-place time of 30:18.05, a personal record by nearly 30 seconds.

Hellen Obiri of Kenya (from left), Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, and Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi of Kenya stand on the podium after the 10,000 meters women's final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Eugene. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Hellen Obiri of Kenya (from left), Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, and Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi of Kenya stand on the podium after the 10,000 meters women’s final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Eugene. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The close finish had a large Hayward crowd roaring as the runners fought for the finish line.

“I am so happy about this performance,” Gidey said. “I was thinking about winning this gold since 2019, but Hassan was always there.”

And Hassan, once a member of the Portland-based Nike Oregon Project, is formidable.

Not only did she win gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 last summer in Tokyo, she added a bronze in the 1,500 in what was a freakishly difficult triple, taxing speed, strength and endurance.

But this isn’t that version of Hassan. Exhausted by a sustained, long-term workload that also included gold medals in the 1,500 and 10,000 in the 2019 world championships and the mental strain of the 2020 COVID year, Hassan went on a prolonged vacation after the Olympics.

She said Saturday she still isn’t completely fit.

“I trained so hard for almost two years, and after three races in Tokyo, I was crushed,” Hassan said. “Mentally crushed. Like, I didn’t even care about running. So, I took a break for seven, eight months.”

Sifan Hassan

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands leaves the track after competing during the women’s 10,000-meter final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

She worked off some of the rust last week by winning the 5,000 meters in the Stumptown Twilight at Portland’s Jesuit High School.

Though she won that race, her winning time of 15:31.41 was pedestrian, at least for her.

On the final straight on Saturday, she didn’t have her killer kick. But she helped make the finish something exciting.

Obiri, 32, almost won the race. It was a strong showing from a runner who declared at the end of the last season she was giving up the track to be a road racer. She was happy with it.

Coming in, she said she was thinking, “if I can get something, I will be OK. I felt no pressure about this race.”

She had some oomph left for the final straight.

“My legs were tired,” she said. “But I said, ‘No. Let me try to get something.’”

Women compete during the women's 10,000-meter final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Eugene. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Women including Karissa Schweizer (second from left) compete during the women’s 10,000-meter final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Eugene. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Schweizer ran a gritty race, staying with the front pack most of the way. She didn’t lose contact until the final two laps.

And, really, what isn’t to like about a monumental personal record on the championship stage?

“I really stuck my nose in it,” Schweizer said. “I knew that the pace was above my PR range. I wanted to go out there and try to compete.”

Mission accomplished.

“If the best shape of my life means ninth,” Schweizer said, “than that is what it is today.”

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2022 Commonwealth Games: Joseph Paul Amoah Clinches Bronze After Finishing 3rd In Men’s 200m Final

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Joseph Paul Amoah’s bronze medal in the Mens 200m is Ghana’s first medal in the #CWG Track and Field since Ignatius Gaisah and Anita Fordjour’s medals in Delhi 2010.

Ghanaian sprinter Joseph Paul Amoah has clinched bronze medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Amoah, 25, finished 3rd with a time of 20.49s in the final of the 200m event on Saturday, August 6.

He becomes Ghana’s first medal in the track event having seen Benjamin Azamati miss out on a medal in the 100m final.

The National 200m record holder also becomes the first African to win a medal in the 200m event since 2006 and the first Ghanaian to win a medal in 200m since George Daniels in 1974.

Earlier on Saturday, Ghana’s 4x100m relay team was also disqualified after the coaches did not inform race officials one hour to the race, as the rules require when replacing an athlete.

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Ghanaian boxer Wahid Omar won bronze after losing his semi-final bout to Louis Colin in over 60kg-63kg Light welterweight.

The 28-year-old lost the bout (0-5).

Ghana’s Abraham Mensah progressed to the finals of the men’s bantamweight division after win over Owain Harris-Allan.



Ghana’s female 4x100m team
have progressed to the finals of the relay race at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The quartet of Mary Boakye, Latifa Ali, Gifty Oku and Hor Halutie qualified as one of the two non-automatic qualifiers as they finished fifth in Heat 2 with a time of 44.32s which becomes their season-best.

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15-Years-Old Ghanaian Makes History, Wins Two Medals For Ghana At Unicycling World Championship

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15-year-old Ghanaian has made history by winning the country’s first ever medals at Unicycling World Championship.

15-year-old Trey Haun has become the first Ghanaian to win a medal for Ghana at the Unicycling World Championship.

Trey Haun competed at the Unicycling World Championship dubbed UNICON20 in the 15-16 years male category.

In the 30m Wheel Walk Race for Male aged 15-16, he won the silver medal.

The 50m One Wheel Race for male aged 15-16 years, he won bronze.

Trey Haun

Trey was born in Europe but moved to Ghana at the age of 1 with his parents.

For half of his life, Trey Haun has lived his life in Nalerigu in the North East Region of Ghana.

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Nigerian Tobi Amusan Breaks World Record At World Athletics Championships

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Nigerian Tobi Amusan made history on Sunday. The 25-year-old athlete won the 100 metres hurdles gold at the World Athletics Championships, marking it as Nigeria’s first gold medal in this competition.

After breaking the world record in her semifinal heat with a time of 12.12 seconds, she even made a faster time for the final. Unfortunately, this mark of 12.06 seconds didn’t count for the record books because the wind speed was over the legal limit.
On the same day, olympic champion Athing Mu added a world title to her impressive resume.

Tobi Amusa Breaks World Record At World Athletics Championships

The 20-year-old American american middle-distance runner won the 800m gold narrowly beating Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson.
This title makes her the youngest woman in history to have won Olympic and world titles in an individual track and field event.

In the men’s 500 metres final, Norway’s Yakob Ingebrigtsen was the first to cross the line while Kenyan Jacob Krop claimed silver et Ugandan Oscar Chelimo bronze. And Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis wrapped up this World Atheltics Championships in Eugene, western United States by setting a new world record for his discipline.

 

The 22-year-old athlete sailed with ease over 6 metres 21. It is the fifth time Duplantis breaks a world record in the pole vault and the third time this year.

The 2022 World Athletics Championships took place in Eugene, Oregon, Western U.S. between July 15 and 24.

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