Former Junior Champ Aman DQ’d For Age

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 19, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM UTC
Mohamed Aman Geleto has lost his junior gold medal. Photo: Wikimedia

It was ruled that he was too young to compete.

Mohamed Aman Geleto has lost his junior gold medal. Photo: Wikimedia

Written by: David Monti
(c) 2012 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

The 2009 African Junior Championships gold medalist at 800m, Mohamed Aman Geleto of Ethiopia, has been stripped of his medal by the IAAF for being too young to compete in those championships.

According to a statement from former IAAF General Secretary Pierre Weiss dated 27 November, 2011, which was circulated by BBC statistician Mark Butler, an investigation determined that Aman was born 10 January 1994, making him 15 years-old when he won his gold medal in Bambous, Mauritius, on 2 August, 2009. In global junior championships, athletes must be at least 16 years of age by the end of the year during which the competition was held. Aman did not turn 16 until ten days after that year had ended.

The new gold medalist is Kenya’s Nickson Tuwei, who clocked 1:48.91 to Aman’s 1:48.82. The silver goes to Kenya’s David Mutinda (1:49.82) and the bronze to South Africa’s William Mothosola, who ran 1:51.44.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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