Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
GEBREMEDHIN WINS CLASSIC SHOOTOUT
Pre-race favourite Mekonnen Gebremedhin lived up to the hype on Wednesday evening, with the Ethiopian athlete breaking away on the final lap to win the men’s 2 000m race at the Eagles Club Classic Shootout meeting in Pretoria.
Pacemaker Tlou Seloba took the field through 1 000m in 2:34:56 before Gebremedhin and local prospect Folavio Sehohle took control, sharing the responsibility up front as they hit the bell in tandem.
The Ethiopian athlete, a former World Indoor Championships bronze medallist, opened a gap in the dash for the line to secure victory in 5:08:06.
He finished more than two seconds ahead of Sehohle (5:10:07), with Siyabonga Derison taking third place in 5:12.54.
In the only other elite race at the meeting, which was held in wet conditions, Thapelo Phora won the men’s 300m sprint in 33.19 seconds.
Quintin Norris finished second in 33.57 and Constant Pretorius was third in 33.90.
The second of three legs in the Classic Shootout series will be held at Pilditch Stadium on Friday night, with elite 600m races on the cards for men and women.
* Full results are available in our Results section