Ethiopian athlete Jemal Yimer is the winner of the first gold medal at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships which got underway at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Wednesday.

Yima was the top gun in the men's 10,000 metres; delivering gold to his country in style.

The 21-year-old Yimer, who runs for the Amhara Prisons Athletics Club in Debre Markos, kicked with 300 metres to go and opened up a 50-metre gap from his compatriot, silver medallist Andumalak Belihu of Sidama Buna Athletics Club in Ethiopia’s southern region.

The winning time of 29 minutes, 08.01 seconds might have been slow, but it didn’t matter as 

Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich (29:11.87) took bronze.

Kenya’s Vincent Rono (29:14.52) was fourth after pulling a muscle in the sprint finish, Kipsang Temoi (29:29.54) fifth with Josephat Bett struggling at seventh in 30:13.22.