Jemal Yimer, after setting WR for Half Marathon debut, RAK Half Marathon, February 9, 2018, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun
Yimer with first gold medal
ASABA (NGR, Aug 1): First gold medal at African Championships was won by Ethiopian Jemal Yimer in the 10 000 m with 29:08.01 ahead of team-mate Andumlak Belihu 29:11.09. Bronze for Ugandan Timothy Toroitich 29:11.87 with top Kenyan Vincent Kipsang fourth 29:14.52. Kenyans flew into Asaba only on the day of the competition. In 100 m heats fastest times by Akani Simbine 10.30 (-0.8) and Marie Josee Ta Lou 11.25 (+0.4). Rest of the events of the first day were moved to other days.
Jemal Yimer, after his WR half marathon debut, RAK Half Marathon, February 9, 2018, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun