The Arzi Zone in Ethiopia is famed for producing world-class runners. Olympic champions Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba and Derartu Tulu, to name just a few, have all pounded the paths of this high altitude area. And now there is a new name to add to this list of elite athletes: YOG champion Mohammed Aman.
The winner of the 1,000m at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games, Mohammed has made quite an impact in recent months, not least by ending David Rudisha’s winning streak of 36 consecutive victories with his astonishing 1.43 performance in Milan, Italy, last September.
Earlier this month, Mohammed solidified his position as “one to watch for London 2012”, when his impressive victory in the 800m final saw him become the youngest-ever World Indoor Champion.
Speaking to reporters after his surprise win in Istanbul, Mohammed clearly had one thing on his mind, saying: “I would have clocked a better time but for the slow laps. Anyway it is time to focus on the 2012 London Olympics.”
Watch this space for news on Mohammed’s journey to London 2012. And good luck to all the athletes from Singapore!