His compatriot Selemon Barega came second to make it an Ethiopian 1-2, in 8:15:59. He said: "I'm happy with coming home in second but my friend Yomif has won and my mission is now to one day take the world medal. I'm happy for our country. Ethiopia is a country where the long distance runners are top class and we have shown our best again. My plan this year was to be number one but Yomif is very strong and I'm happy to get the silver."
Ethiopia were denied a clean sweep of the medals as Kenyan Bethwell Kiprotich Birgen came third in 8:15.70. He said: “"It's my first global medal so I'm very happy. I used to do 1500m and then I decided to step up to the 3000m and I can now say this is my event. This is great for Kenya, it's out first medal at the championships"
American Ajee Wilson came second in 1:58.99 and said: “I felt confident in the race and wanted to secure a good position. I think it was worth trying it. For the outdoors, I know what to work on now before the season starts."
Home athlete Shelayna Oskan-Clarke snatched the bronze medal to the delight of the home crowd in 1:59.81 and said: “I’m so happy to get a medal. That's what I came here to do. I wanted to get through to the final and then focus on that. The race was a bit scrappy for me, but I dug deep. Normally I don't hear the crowd because I'm in the zone, but you can hear them roaring around all the way which helped me push a little deeper."