Jamal claims Olympics bronze for Bahrain

Maryam Yusuf Jamal finishes third in 1500m final at London Olympic Games

Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain leads the pack during the Women’s 1500m Final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Athlete Maryam Yusuf Jamal claimed the first medal for Bahrain at the London Olympic Games.

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The runner, who was born in Ethiopia but now represents the Gulf kingdom, came home in third place in the 1,500m final on Friday night.

The bronze medal performance is the first medal won by Bahrain at the Games.

In a very slow run race, Cakir Alptekin from Turkey secured a first athletics gold for Turkey in 4:10.23, ahead of compatriot Gamze Bulu.

Jamal is a two-time world champion in the 1500m, having won at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

She represented Bahrain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, finishing fifth in the 1500m final.

Jamal has also had success at regional competitions, winning two gold medals at the 2006 Asian Games in addition to the Asian Cross Country Championships in both 2007 and 2009.

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