Mohammed Aman a rare runner among the Ethiopian Elite
History, of sorts, was made when Mohammed Aman became the first Ethiopian to win a world outdoor 800m title as he kicked hard coming off the final bend to snatch the gold medal on Tuesday night (13).
The spectacular victory in MoscowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Luzhniki Stadium supersedes his 2012 World indoor 800m title and came against a terrific field. To make the result even sweeter his winning time of 1:43.31 is his fastest of the season.
Until now his countrymen have dominated 5000m, 10,000m and Marathon podiums but Aman, a sprinter turned middle distance star, has ignited a new flame of belief amongst the youth of his country.
Still, only 19 years of age and the youngest man to win a medal in his event, let alone a gold, Aman understands the significance of his accomplishment.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ethiopians are known for marathons and for long distance and now middle distances so I am very happy,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Aman, who learned English in high school and practices by watching movies and reading.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anything is possible. I train in Ethiopia and also I have a good Ethiopian coach (Negusse Gechamo). I train in Entoto, Sendafa and also around Addis. I train with the national team. There are many national team members in Addis.Ã¢â‚¬Â Read more