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Tejitu takes 11th spot in 5,000m

BAHRAIN signed off from the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics yesterday with some mixed results, reports PATRICK SALOMON.

Rising young athlete Tejitu Baba took on some of the planet's best in the women's 5,000 metres final and finished a solid 11th, while Adam Ismaeel Khamis did not complete his run in the men's marathon.

Tejitu and Khamis were the last two Bahrainis scheduled to compete in this year's worlds, which Bahrain is going to leave without winning a single medal.

In the women's 5,000m final, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia claimed an impressive victory in 14 minutes 50.19 seconds to capture her second World title in the distance.

Mercy Cherono of Kenya was beaten by the narrowest of margins, finishing in 14:51.22. Almaz Ayana, also of Ethiopia, claimed the bronze medal in 14:51.33.

Tejitu finished the race in a time of 15:33.89, which is far from her season's best of 15:08.11 and her personal best of 15:05.59. She was 11th from 15 competing athletes.

In the men's marathon, Khamis pulled out of the race midway through the event, right before the 20-kilometre mark.

Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda clinched the gold medal in two hours nine minutes and 51 seconds. Lelisa Desisa and Tadese Tola, both of Ethiopia, finished second and third, respectively. Desisa claimed the silver medal in 2:10:12 while Tola won the bronze in 2:10:23.

Khamis was one of 69 runners to start the race. He was also one of 18 who did not finish.



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