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African Athletes Shine in Record-Breaking Oslo Diamond League

Posted : 31 May 2024

The sixth leg of the Diamond League Series in Oslo lived up to its pre-event hype, with three meet records being broken, five world leads being set, and numerous national records shattered. Several African athletes stood out with impressive performances, demonstrating their readiness for the upcoming Paris Olympics.


In the men's 5000m, Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia delivered a stellar performance. He took the lead on the final lap and finished in a world-leading time of 12:36.73, setting a new Ethiopian record and recording the second fastest time in history. He was followed by Yomif Kejelcha, who set a personal best of 12:38.95, and Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda, who also achieved a personal best with a time of 12:40.96. South Africa's Adriaan Wildschutt also made headlines by breaking the 13-minute barrier for the first time, finishing in 12:56.67.


South Africa's Akani Simbine continued his unbeaten streak in the men's 100m, taking victory in an official season’s best time of 9.94 seconds. He outpaced notable competitors including Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs and Yohan Blake. Simbine's performance solidifies his status as a strong contender for an Olympic medal, with Japan’s Abdul Hakim Sani Brown finishing second in 9.99 seconds and Cameroon’s Emmanuel Eseme placing third with a season’s best of 10.01 seconds.


Prudence Sekgodiso of South Africa also shone in the women's 800m, claiming her second consecutive Diamond League victory with a time of 1:58.66. Despite slowing down towards the end, Sekgodiso maintained her lead, finishing ahead of Jamaica’s Natoya Goule-Toppin and Australian Catriona Bisset. Her consistent performances underscore her rising status on the international stage.


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