SA wins African championships in Addis 2008

South Africa bagged 22 medals (12 gold, two silver and eight bronze medals) to become the top nation, out of 46 African countries, at the 16th CAA African Athletics Championships which ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia tonight.

Nigeria and Ethiopia rank second and third with 19 (seven gold, seven silver and five bronze) and 15 (six gold, six silver and three bronze) medals respectively, while Kenya and Egypt follow at fourth and fifth.

Ethiopian Olympic and world 10000m champion Kenenisa Bekele comfortably defended his African 5000m title with an outstanding sprint finish to win in 13:49.67 ahead of Kenyan Isaac Songok (13:49.91) on the final day of the championships.

Kenyan 19-year-old Pamela Chelimo (1:58.70) caused the biggest upset of the day after beating Mozambique’s former Olympic and multiple world 800m champion Maria Mutola in the final of the women’s 800m.

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