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Gudaf Tsegay drives Ethiopian sweep of 1500m podium in Belgrade

The 25-year-old eclipsed the championship record of 3:59.75, held by compatriot Gelete Burka, to lead an Ethiopian clean sweep of the women’s 1500m, crossing the line in 3:57.19.

Ethiopians Guday Tsegay, Axumawit Embaye and Hirut Meshesha on the podium / Credit: Getty Images for World Athletics
Ethiopians Guday Tsegay, Axumawit Embaye and Hirut Meshesha on the podium / Credit: Getty Images for World Athletics

World record-holder Gudaf Tsegay led an Ethiopian clean sweep of the 1500m medals on day two of the World Athletics Indoor ChampionshipsBelgrade 22, the first by any nation in any event in world indoor history.

The 25-year-old led her compatriots – 2014 silver medallist Axumawit Embaye (4:02.29) and African Games champion Hirut Meshesha (4:03.39) – to the podium in the women’s 1500m final, storming to a championship record of 3:57.19 with a gun-to-tape victory in Belgrade, Serbia.

Ugandan Winnie Nanyondo finished fourth in 4:04.60 ahead of Josette Norris of the USA, who was fifth in 4:04.71.

Ethiopian Guday Tsegay smashed the Championships Record to win the women's 1500m in Belgrade 22 / Credit: Getty Images for World Athletics
Ethiopian Guday Tsegay smashed the Championships Record to win the women’s 1500m in Belgrade 22 / Credit: Getty Images for World Athletics

This gold medal ended a run of three senior global bronze medal finishes for Tsegay, who claimed third places in 1500m final at the 2016 world indoor championships; the 2019 world outdoor championships in Doha; and in the 5000m at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021.

Yomi is the founder of Africa's number one track and field website - AthleticsAfrica. A multi award-winning editor, journalism innovator, media trainer, sports and digital transformation consultant.

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