IAAF World Junior Championships: Seyaum wins Gold, Ethiopia finishes 3rd

Dawit SeyaumEugene, OregonDawit Seyaum became the fourth Ethiopian woman to win the 1500m at the World Junior Championships and she did it in convincing fashion with 4:09.86.

The only female junior athlete to have run the distance faster than four minutes this year led the first 1-2 for Ethiopia in the 1500m in the history of the championships as her countrywoman Gudaf Tsegay finished second with 4:10.83.

Kenya’s Sheila Chepngetich ran a personal best of 4:11.21 to earn the bronze medal.

Tsegay, Seyaum and 2013 world youth bronze medallist Alexa Efraimson of the US shared the lead and took all finalists in a compact group through the first lap in 1:08.96 and 800m in 2:17.13. As they entered the home stretch, the Ethiopian duo upped the pace and Seyaum move to the lead just before the bell.

World youth silver medallist Seyaum covered the last lap in 61 seconds and held off her countrywoman to secure her first global title, ahead of Tsegay and Chepngetich.

Efraimson stayed in contact with the Kenyan as they entered the homestretch, but she faded and was overtaken by her countrywoman Elise Cranny and Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui.

With the gold and silver, Ethiopia moved up to the third place in the medal tally.

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF

Women 1,500m:


Details 1 578 Dawit SEYAUM ETHETH 4:09.86  
Details 2 581 Gudaf TSEGAY ETHETH 4:10.83
Details 3 987 Sheila Chepngetich KETER KENKEN 4:11.21 PB
Details 4 1590 Elise CRANNY USAUSA 4:12.82

Men’s 3,000 Steeplechase:

Details 1 976 Barnabas KIPYEGO KENKEN 8:25.57
Details 2 971 Titus Kipruto KIBIEGO KENKEN 8:26.15
Details 3 302 Evans Rutto CHEMATOT BRNBRN 8:32.61 PB
Details 4 1039 Soufiane ELBAKKALI MARMAR 8:34.98
5 555 Hailemariyam AMARE ETHETH 8:42.00 PDetailsB
Details 6 834 Yohanes CHIAPPINELLI ITAITA 8:43.18 PB
Details 7 560 Meresa KAHSAY ETHETH 8:44.15

Medal Table

1 United States UNITED STATES 10 5 5 20
2 Kenya KENYA 4 5 7 16
3 Ethiopia ETHIOPIA 3 3 0 6
4 Great Britain & N.I. GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. 3 2 1 6
5 Russia RUSSIA 3 1 2 6