Tag Archives: Eritrean Athletes

Eritrea’s 1st Winter Olympian is From Canada

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BY REID FIEST | GLOBAL NEWS

Olympics are often about firsts and a young man has made history in South Korea. Shannon-Obgnai Abeda competed in his first winter games and so did the country he represents.  Continue reading Eritrea’s 1st Winter Olympian is From Canada

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie Returns to Defend New York Marathon Crown

The youngest Champion in history of Marathon is returning to defend his NYC Marathon title.

Last year’s champion, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea, returns to defend his title. If he wins, he takes home $100,000 prize money.

BY SABRINA YOHANNES | RUNBLOGRUN

After his first marathon victory at the Beijing world championships in 2015, Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie mused on the fact that his family had objected to his taking up running.

“My parents wanted me to be a great student but I wanted to be a great athlete,” he quipped at the time. “Today’s victory will be a great surprise to them.” Continue reading Ghirmay Ghebreslassie Returns to Defend New York Marathon Crown

USCIS Honors Olympian Meb Keflezighi as ‘Outstanding American by Choice’

Since 2006, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has awarded 130 naturalized citizens from more than 50 countries with the honor. Now, it’s Meb’s turn.

Olympic medalist and marathon legend Meb Keflezighi was recognized by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with the “Outstanding American by Choice” award in San Diego on May 10.

BY MONICA GARSKE | NBC 7

Olympian and marathon icon Meb Keflezighi has won many titles but on Wednesday, he was awarded an honor very close to his heart: “Outstanding American by Choice.”

At a naturalization ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens at Gompers Preparatory Academy in San Diego, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will recognize Keflezighi with the award, which recognizes the achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Continue reading USCIS Honors Olympian Meb Keflezighi as ‘Outstanding American by Choice’

Breaking Records: Ghirmay Ghebreslassie’s Win in New York City

Men’s first-place winner Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea, runner-up Lucas Rotich of Kenya, left, and third-place finisher Abdi Abdirahman of the United States pose with their medals after finishing the TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary)

By Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion

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

Eritrea Parade at Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony

By TesfaNews,

The 2016 Summer Olympics officially kicked off on Friday night (Aug. 5) with a colourful ceremony at the Macarana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The Eritrean contingent was among the more than 11,000 athletes from 200 countries that were walking the floor during the Parade of Nations.

Athelet Yonas Zekaryas leads Eritrea in to the opening ceremony as flag bearer.

Team Eritrea will be represented at the games by 15 athletes competing in marathon, 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters races as well as cycling. Continue reading Eritrea Parade at Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony

President Isaias Meets Rio Olympics-bound Athletes, Wishes Best of Luck

Rio Olympics-bound Eritrean athletes hail President Isaias’ warm send-off gesture and US $100,000 Bonus.

By Shabait,

President Isaias Afwerki today received and encouraged the Eritrean Olympian athletes who are to participate in Rio Olympics that is to be held from 5 – 21 August 2016.

Commending the athletes for the determination they demonstrated to reach to this level, President Isaias called on all athletes to enhance efforts to take the national sport to a higher level of excellence, besides winning medals. Continue reading President Isaias Meets Rio Olympics-bound Athletes, Wishes Best of Luck

Zersenay Tadese Takes 2nd Place at Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon

At 34, Zersenay Tadese still has a turn of speed. He still owns the Half-Marathon World Record of 58:23

By Lets Run and IAAF,

Ali Kaya of Turkey cruised to dominating victory at the third edition of the Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, on Sunday (24).

Kaya, last year’s European cross country champion, clocked 1:00:16 to win by 15 seconds in a race that featured a rare head-to-head battle between world record holders Zersenay Tadese and Leonard Komon. Continue reading Zersenay Tadese Takes 2nd Place at Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon

World Record-Holder Zersenay Tadese to Face Off Patrick Komon in Istanbul

Does any body doubt for this man to win tomorrow’s Istanbul Half Marathon?

By IAAF,

Zersenay Tadese and Leonard Patrick Komon will face off in a rare road-racing clash at the 2nd Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, on Sunday (24).

Tadese, from Eritrea, set the world record in the half marathon in 2010, clocking 58:23. Komon meanwhile set the world records at both 10km (26:44) and 15km (41:13) that same year. Istanbul will mark the first time that the two will meet over the half marathon distance. Continue reading World Record-Holder Zersenay Tadese to Face Off Patrick Komon in Istanbul