The Eritrean national cycling team that are participating at the 9th African Continental Cycling Championship in Egypt has won its first gold medal both in the men and women’s team by winning the 42 Km Team Time Trial (TTT) race.
Yesterday’s victory was the fourth consecutive for the Men’s team and the first for the Women’s national team that are participating for the first time in the prestigious Championship event.
The Eritrean national women’s team at the opening competition was represented by riders Yerusalem Gebru, Tsehainesh Fitsum and Senait Mengis.
Women’s national teams from host country Egypt and Nigeria finished second and third.
The race was completely dominated from the get-go by Eritrean team. Daniel Teklehaimanot along with teammates Meron Russom, Meron Teshome and Natnael Berhane led Eritrea to victory.
National teams from Algeria and South Africa followed second and third.
It looks like the fate of this year’s edition of the African Championship won’t be different from the previous three. With the absence of long time contenders like Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, who races for the Pro Team Argos Shimano and Daryl Impey, who races for the Pro Team Orica GreenEDGE, the 9th African Continental Championship is going to be an open season for the Eritrean National Team.
So far, Eritrea is the undisputed Cycling Champion of Africa.
A win over the 2013 Championship mean something bigger than a victory. No other nation on the continent has won the Championship for four years in a row and each time by sweeping all the available gold medals.
In 2005, Egypt organized the first African Cycling Continental Championships, and now in 2013, Egypt is hosting again the 9th Continental Championships in the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh with 21 countries participating.
Team Eritrea will make history in the birth place of the African Continental Championship.
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