Video: Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie Wins Gold Medal BEIJING 2015


Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie


#BEIJING2015: Eritrean teen wins 1st gold medal of Championships

August 21, 2015

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Eritrean teenager Ghirmay Ghebreslassie claimed the first gold of the Beijing worlds when he sprinted away for a comfortable victory in the men’s marathon.

The 19-year-old took the lead from Lesotho’s Tsepo Ramonene Mathibelle on the 36km mark and saw off pressure from Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay for a memorable win at Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest stadium.

Ghebreslassie, racing just his third marathon, clocked 2hr 12min 27sec, with Tsegay, fourth in 2009 and eighth in Moscow two years ago, taking silver in 2:13.07 and Munyo Solomon Mutai of Uganda claiming bronze (2:13.29).

It was Eritrea’s second ever world medal after Tadesse Zersenay’s silver in the 10,000m in the 2009 worlds in Berlin.

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