World Championships - Aman hurtles to Ethiopia's first 800m world title

A grimacing Mohammed Aman hurtled to the front in the final 10 metres to become the first Ethiopian to win an 800 metres world title on Tuesday.

Athletics - World 800 champion Aman to move up a distance

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Mohammed Aman celebrates winning world 800m gold (Reuters)

Aman, the only man to beat world record holder David Rudisha since 2009 and pre-race favourite in the absence of the injured Kenyan, pipped American Nick Symmonds for victory in 1:43.31.

Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman was third.

It was Ethiopia's first world gold at a distance below 5,000 metres.

World indoor champion Aman, a disappointing sixth in last year's amazing Olympic final in which Rudisha smashed the world record, found himself boxed on the inside on the final lap but as the pace wound up towards the finish he found space for his late charge.

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