Round Up: Nigeria leads Athletics Medal table in Maputo; Gebrselassie faces tough test in Berlin..and more

MAPUTO (MOZ, Sep 15): Nigeria was the best country in athletics at All-African Games with 21 medals (10-6-5). Second Ethiopia 6-7-7 and third Kenya 5-5-7.

In total 22 countries won medals in athletics. During last day the most sensational win was by Kenyan in javelin. Julius Yego improved the national record with 78.34 m. Kenyans also won the 4x400 m in 3:03.10.

Caleb Ndiku was the best in the 1500 m (3:39.12) ahead of Collins Cheboi 3:39.72. But in 5000 m Uganda celebrated as Moses Kipsiro won in 13:43.08 ahead of Ethiopian Yenew Alamirew 13:43.33.

In half-marathon Ethiopia ruled. Desisa Lelisa 1:04:31 was the best and and in women race Mare Dibaba 1:10:47 ahead of Mamitu Daska 1:10:52. Irene Jelegat won the 1500 m for Kenya in 4:13.67.

Nigeria won three golds. Oludamola Osayomi was the best in the 200 m (22.86, +1.9), Ajoke Odumosu in the 400 m hurdles (56.26) and the relay team clocked 3:31.21 to win. Mohamed Younis cleared 225 national record to win the high jump, Luvo Manyonga got the long jump for South Africa (802, -0.1) and Idrissa Adam the 200 m for Cameroon 20.66 (+1.7).

BERLIN (GER): The Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie faces one of his toughest ever challenges in the BMW Berlin marathon on September 25th. With Patrick Makau at the starting line Gebrselassie is facing the fastest marathon runner of 2010.

With Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe (GBR) on the starting line of the BMW Berlin marathon this is only the third time in history both marathon world record holders are in the same marathon. It happened in 1989 in New York City (Belayneh Dinsamo, Ingrid Kristiansen) and 2005 in London (Paul Tergat, Paula Radcliffe).

Strongest competition for Paula Radcliffe in Berlin should come from the German Irina Mikitenko (2:19:19, Berlin 2008) and the European Champion Nayla Yulamanova (2:26:01, RUS) with Kenyan Florence Kiplagat also posing a potential threat.

TANGIER (MAR): Shot put heroes Christian Cantwell and Dylan Armstrong are the stars of Tangier Meeting on Sunday. Jamaican sub 10 runner Lerone Clarke runs the 100 m and 1500 m world champion Jenny Simpson of USA is another top names for this fixture.

Meeting Moulay El Hassan is organised by world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. Home running stars will be present specially in men´s 1500 m headed by Amine Laalou, Mohamed Moustaoui and Abdelaati Iguider. Special guest will be former top Canadian sprinter Bruny Surin.

[Thanks to Alfonz Juck/EME News 2011]

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