A record number of 33,618 runners from 104 nations participated at the 36th GP of Berne. Once again, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie was the fastest.
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie has repeated his previous year’s win at the Grand Prix of Berne. The 21-year-old Eritrean won ahead of the Kenyan Sylvester Kipchirchir and his countryman Simon Tesfay, who had been living in Switzerland since 2004. Continue reading Ghirmay Defends Bern Grand Prix Title→
Three of the world’s top distance runners will skip major marathons this spring so they can focus instead on a Nike Inc. project to produce the world’s first sub-2 hour marathon, a high-stakes marketing ploy by the sneaker giant.
President Isaias Afwerki met and congratulated athlete Ghirmai Ghebreslasie in the morning hours Today for his victory at the 46th New York City Marathon.
President Isaias said that the people and the country are proud of the victory athlete Ghirmai registered and wished him more success in future competitions.
The Commissioner of Culture and Sports, Ambassador Zemede Tekle explained that more Eritrean athletes are emerging victorious and are keeping the momentum that has already been set. He also said that the support athletes are receiving from the people and Government have significantly contributed in their success. Continue reading President Isaias Congratulates Athlete Ghirmay→
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie caused one of the bigger upsets in Beijing last month for two reasons:
1) His marathon win at the World Championships delivered gold to Eritrea for the first time in the championships’ history;
2) At 19-years-old, he became the first ever teen to win the event. We find out about his journey to the summit of a mountain called Road Running.
NOT TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
Born in the rural village of Kisadeka – around 115km south of the Eritrean capital city of Asmara – Ghebreslassie first started to run competitively in 2009. Impressed with his style when running around with classmates, a wily PE teacher encouraged the youngster to give athletics a crack. His parents feared sport might negatively impact on his outstanding academic life, but his astute teacher saw no such conflict. Continue reading Teen Trailblazer: How Ghirmay Ghebreslassie Made History→
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie was a surprise winner of the men’s marathon title at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015. We chat to the Eritrean teenager to find out more about the gifted 19-year-old gold medallist.