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→
Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the New York City Marathon, among the world’s pre-eminent long-distance annual running events, with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds, finishing over a minute ahead of Kenya’s Lucas Rotich, who took second place, and Somali-born American Abdi Abdirahman, who finished third.
Although it was only his race debut and though confronted by challenging, windy conditions, Ghirmay’s time qualified him as the third-fastest runner in the marathon’s 46-year history. The 20-year-old Eritrean also made history as the race’s youngest-ever male winner, breaking the record previously held by Alberto Salazar (1980), Tom Fleming (1973), and Sheldon Karlin (1972), who all won as 22-year-olds. Continue reading Breaking Records: Ghirmay Ghebreslassie’s Win in New York City→