Ethiopian athletes shon bright in Silesis as Hirut Meshesha and Freweyni Hailu, respectively, won in 1500m and 3000m with meeting records at the Wanda Diamond League on Sunday.
The 1500m women’s race was one of the best quality races of the afternoon in Silesia, according to the sports governing body World Athletics report.
Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji took up the leading duties in the second lap, followed closely by compatriots Hirut, Birke Haylom, and Worknesh Mesele.
World U20 champion Birke, 17, moved to the front with one lap to go, but Diribe and Meshesha responded and moved in front of the teenager as they approached the back straight.
Diribe continued to lead coming off the final bend, but Hirut and Birke kicked hard and overtook their compatriot.
In an enthralling finish, Hirut edged ahead to win in a meeting record of 3:54.87, while Birke finished a close second in 3:54.93, breaking Faith Kipyegon’s African U20 record.
Diribe, the winner here last year and former meeting record-holder, was third this time in a PB of 3:55.08. Worknesh completed an Ethiopian sweep of the first four places in 3:57.00.
Another Ethiopian Meeting record
Two weeks after her 1500m victory in Stockholm, Ethiopia’s Freweyni Hailu won the 3000m with a meeting record, overcoming a strong challenge from Kenya’s Lilian Kasait Rengeruk.
Freweyni was positioned behind Rengeruk for most of the race but made a decisive move on the final back straight and kicked on to win in 8:26.61.
Another Ethiopian athlete and world indoor champion Lemlem Hailu was third in 8:29.43, finishing between two Kenyans – Rengeruk, second in 8:27.80m, and Teresiah Muthoni Gateri, fourth in 8:29.48.