July 6, 2019
What happened at this year’s IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne in the men’s 5000 meters race is bizarre.
Hagos Gebrihwet was leading the pack in the final rounds and he thought he won the race and started to celebrate as the bells were ringing. In reality, there was one more lap.
Yomif Kejelcha seized the opportunity and cruised his way to the finishing line to claim the title. What happened to Hagos there after? He had to settle for tenth place.
Hagos Gebrihwet is an experienced athlete and the mistake he made sounds weird in that sense.
What is consoling for Ethiopians is that the winners of the Diamond League are Ethiopians. It is in fact a race dominated by Ethiopians.
Finishing times are as follows, according to IAAF Diamond League :
Yomif Kejelcha, ETH, 13:00.56, First Place
Selemon Barega, ETH, 13:01.99, Second Place
Telahun Haile Bekele, ETH, 13.03.09, Third Place
Habos Gebrihwet, ETH, 13.09.59, 10th Place
Video : embedded from the YouTube channel of International Association of Athletics Federation Diamond League (IAAF Diamong League)
Cover photo : screenshot from video
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