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Kalkidan Gezahegne destroys the 10km women world record

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist in 10,000m race, Kalkidan Gezahegne from Bahrain destroyed the women only 10km world record at the Giants Geneva 10K Race that was held on Sunday (3) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 30-year-old who was running her fourth road race of her career, reached the half-way point in a time of 14:46 and she was five-second ahead of two Kenyans, Celliphine Chespol and Agnes Tirop, who last month set a women-only world record of 30:01 for the 10km distance.

The 30 year-old cut the tape in a new personal best of 29:38 to take five seconds off the women’s world record for a 10km road race.

Gezahegne who won silver behind Sifan Hassan at the Tokyo Olympics in August, bettered the mark of 29.43 set by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017.

Agnes Tirop, who last month set a new record for women-only races at the distance in a time of 30.01 was forced to settle in second place in 30:20 with Celliphine Chespol crossing the line in third in 30:28.

Arab countries earned five gold medals at Olympics

Nine Arab countries won medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games, which ended this Sunday (8). They took home gold for Qatar, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco.

São Paulo – The Arab countries that competed in the Tokyo Olympics earned five gold medals, five silver, and eight bronze, in a total of 18, according to the competition’s official table. The accomplishments came from Qatar, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Syria. The schedule was started officially on July 23 and ended this Sunday (8).

Qatar was the top-ranked Arab country in the games, with three medals, including two gold and one bronze. They were the first two Olympic gold medals in Qatar’s history. Athlete Fares Ibrahim El-Bakh won gold in men’s 96kg weightlifting and Mutaz Essa Barshim in the high jump.

Qatar’s bronze medal came from men’s beach volleyball. On Friday (6), Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan defeated the Latvian duo Martin Plavins and Edgar Tocs. The performance of the Qatari team was astonishing. The Latvians had eliminated the Brazilian duo Alison and Álvaro from the competition.

The second best-placed Arab country in Tokyo was Egypt, with six medals, one gold, one silver, and four bronze. The Egyptian gold came from women’s Karate Kumite, with athlete Feryal Abdelaziz , in the over 61 kg category. Ahmed Elgendy won silver in the modern pentathlon. Giana Lotfy won bronze in women’s under 61kg Kumite, Seif Eissa in men’s 80 kg taekwondo, Hedaya Malak in women’s 67 kg taekwondo, and Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed in men’s 67 kg wrestling. Egypt was ranked 54th in the games.

Tunisia was the third best-ranked Arab country in Tokyo, in 58th. The country earned two medals, one gold, and one silver. The gold came from Ahmed Hafnaoui, in men’s 400 m freestyle swimming. Athlete Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi earned silver for Tunisia in men’s 58 kg taekwondo.

Morocco came 63rd with a gold medal in men’s 3,000 m hurdles in athletics by Soufiane El Bakkali. Jordan took 74th place with one silver by Saleh Elsharabaty in men’s 80 kg taekwondo and a bronze by Abdel Rahman Almasatfa in men’s 67 kg Kumite.

Bahrain finished 77th with one silver by Kalkidan Gezahegne in women’s 10,000 m athletics. Saudi Arabia reached the same position as Bahrain, with a silver medal from Tareq Hamedi in men’s over 75kg Kumite.

Kuwait came 86th, with a bronze from Abdullah Alrashidi in men’s shooting. Syria, also in 86th place, earned a bronze medal with athlete Man Asaad in men’s over 109kg weightlifting.

The greatness of Sifan Hassan on the Tokyo track

What Sifan Hassan has achieved over the last nine days has been utterly extraordinary, among the finest distance running feats of all-time.

But while the 28-year-old might have fallen just short in her assault on a hat-trick that would have drawn worthy comparison with Emil Zátopek’s 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon successes 69 years ago.

Hassan has participated in six races, more than 60 laps, one fall and three medals, a golden distance double and a 1500m bronze behind Faith Kipyegon, probably the best female exponent of that event the world has even seen.

The race had been a highly anticipated with world champion Hassan pitted against Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, who broke the Dutchwoman’s world record in June, and it did not disappoint.

Sifan Hassan made history with her 10000m win Image credit: Getty Images

This group lapped the back markers, and the medal contenders fell to three at 7600m, as world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri relinquished her challenge to drop back in the field.

Now it was a race between Gidey, Hassan and Gezahegne, but as the finish line drew closer, the pace slowed as the trio realized it was a race against each other for the medals and not the clock.

Hassan tucked in just behind the leaders and with about 3,000m remaining; she increased her pace to sit second behind Gidey.

On the final turn Hassan surged past the Ethiopian to cross the line in 29:55.32.

She was followed by Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne who overtook Gidey to take silver in 29:56.18 with the latter taking bronze in 30:01.72.

In June, Hassan clocked a world record time of 29:06.82. That record stood for two days as Gidey topped it with a time of 29:01.03.