World Athletics Indoor Championships: Burkina Faso’s Zango, Ethiopia’s Duguma & Africa’s biggest winners

World Athletics Indoor Championships: Burkina Faso’s Zango, Ethiopia’s Duguma & Africa’s biggest winners

The 2024 World Indoor Championships came to a close on Sunday, March 3 with African athletes managing a decent run to claim a total of nine medals.

Compared to the 2022 edition in Belgrade where they had an overall of 13 medals, Africa has only three gold medals, two silver and three bronze medals in Glasgow.

Below are the biggest African winners at the 2024 World Indoor Championships.


Tsige Duguma

The 23-year-old became the first Ethiopian to win gold in the women’s indoor 800m race.

She saw off competition from home favourite Jemma Reekie to get the gold medal in a time of 2:01.90 seconds and Benin’s Noelie Yarigo came third in a time of 2:03.15 seconds.

Duguma first competed in the 800m event in 2023 after setting an African U20 200m record in 2017.


Freweyni Hailu

Hailu had an impressive race in the Glasgow Arena on Sunday as she became the fastest woman in the 1500m in 2024 with a time of 4:01.46 seconds.

The Ethiopian won silver in the women’s 800m in Belgrade 2022 and this time around, she overcame USA duo of Nikki Hiltz and Emily Mackay for the top prize.


Hugues Fabrice Zango

The reigning world champion in the triple jump started his 2024 season with a commanding leap in the men’s triple jump final on Saturday.

Zango became the first Burkina Faso athlete to pick up gold in the World Indoor Championships after leaping 17.53 metres on his fifth attempt.

After claiming gold in the two major athletics events before the Olympics, Zango is primed to secure Burkina Faso’s first Olympic Games gold medal in Paris later in the summer.


Gudaf Tsegay

The world record holder for the women’s 5,000m failed to retain her crown in the 3000m in Glasgow.

The Ethiopian settled for second place behind USA’s Elle St. Pierre with a time of 8:21.13 while Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech came third in the race.


Kenya’s 4x400m team

Kenya men’s 4x400m relay team set a new African record of 3:06.96 seconds in their run to semi-final and they improved on it in Sunday’s final with a time of 3:06.71 seconds as they place fourth behind winners Belgium, USA and Netherlands.


Selemon Barega

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medallist in 10,000m claimed bronze medal in the men’s 3000m after falling behind Belgium’s John Heyman and USA’s Yared Nuguse

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