Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia wins 3,000m Steeplechase run at Aviva Grand Prix
BIRMINGHAM, EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â€Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia beat fellow compatriot Almaz Ayana in the Aviva Grand Prix 3,000m steeplechase run here today.
Aviva Grand Prix is a Diamond League Athletics event.
AssefaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finishing time of 9:25.87, was almost five seconds better than second-placed Ayana. Another Ethiopian athlete Birtukan Adama finished 7th (9:41.95), while Mekdes Bekele failed to finish the race.
Assefa finished second behind arch rival Milcah Chmos of Kenya three times. The latter skipped todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race as she is preparing for the Kenyan trials next week.
In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 5,000m race, Imane Merga finished a disappointing 3rh place (13:07.63) finish behind Mohammed Farah of Great Britain (13:06.14) and Galen Rupp of the United States (13:06.86).
Yenew Alamirew of Ethiopia came in 4th ahead of Craig Mottram of Australia and fellow compatriot Abera Kuma.
Results from the Aviva Grand Prix, a Diamond League athletics event at Alexander Stadium:
3,000 m steeplechase:
1. Sofia Assefa, Ethiopia, 9:25.87
2. Ã‚Â Almaz Ayana, Ethiopia, 9:30.27
3. Fionnuala Britton, Ireland, 9:37.93
4. Barbara Parker, Britain, 9:37.95
5. Delilah Dicrescenzo, United States
7, Birtukan Adamu, Ethiopia, 9:41.95
10. Mekdes Bekele, Ethiopia, DNF.
1., Mohammed Farah, Britain, 13:06.14
2, Galen Rupp, United States, 13:06.86.
3. Imane Merga, Ethiopia, 13:07.63.
4. Yenew Alamirew, Ethiopia, 13:08.63.
5. Jesus Espana, Spain, 13:10.19.
6. Craig Mottram, Australia, 13:11.51.
7. Abera Kuma, Ethiopia, 13:12.36