Lemecha Girma and Getnet Wale cruised through to the men’s 3000m steeplechase finals as team Ethiopia begin their campaign at World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 today.
in the team’s first race at Budapest, Getnet, who is second on the world rankings, won the first heat in 8:19.99 while World record-holder Lamecha won the third heat in 8:15.89.
Abrham Sime was unable to progress to the next round finishing 8th in the second heat won by the defending champion Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali.
The men’s 3000m steeplechase final will take place on Tuesday evening.
Women’s 1500m: Trio cruise to semi
Hirut Meshesha, Diribe Welteji, and Birke Hayelom all had a successful start to their campaigns, progressing to the semifinals from their 1500m heats.
Hirut won the fourth 1500m heat while Diribe and Birke finished second and third in the second and third heats, respectively won by Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon and Nelly Chepchirchir.
Dutch star Sifan Hassan also won the first heat ahead of Laura Muir and Nikki Hiltz.
The women’s 1500m semifinals will be held on day two of the championships.
Today, the Competition at the National Athletics Centre will continue with two disciplines featuring Ethiopian athletes.
Three athletes will compete in each men’s 1500m heats while the women’s 10,000m race on the evening of day one will see the first gold medals of the championships decided.
Letesenbet Gidey to defend title
The defending champion Letesenbet will lead the Ethiopian lineup in the women’s 10,000m final that will see Gudaf Tsegay make her world championship debut over 25 laps of the track.
Letesenbet – the world record-holder with 29:01.03 set in 2021 – has raced sparingly this year. She raced in 5000m at the Diamond League in Paris and was only beaten by a world record run from Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon (14:05.20). Her 14:07.94 is still the third-fastest 5000m of all time, behind her own former world record of 14:06.62 from 2020.
Gudaf meanwhile ran at the season’s fastest and her personal best of 29:29.73 at Ethiopia’s 10000m World Championships Trials in Nerja. The team also features further talent in the form of Ejgayehu Taye and Lemlem Hailu, who respectively finished second at the trials in Nerja.
The team is up against some strong challengers including Olympic gold medallist Dutch star Sifan Hassan and Kenya’s Grace Nawowuna.
First Gold for Spain
Spain’s Alvaro Martin became the first champion of the World Athletics Championships, winning the men’s 20km race walk, according to WA.
His finishing time of 1:17:32 is just 11 seconds off the championship record set by Jefferson Perez in 2003, per World Athletics (WA).
Sweden’s three-time world bronze medallist Perseus Karlstrom upgrades to silver this time, clocking 1:17:39, while Brazil’s Caio Bonfim gets bronze in 1:17:47, matching his medal from London in 2017.