Ghebreslassie surprises as youngest ever World Marathon Champ, by David Monti, RRW, used with permission

Ghebreslassie_GirmayFHL-Beijing15.JPGGhirmay Ghebreslassie, WC marathon champ, photo by PhotoRun.net

This was as strange as they come for a World Champs marathon. Ruggero Pertile, from Italy lead early, with Daniele Meucci, the 2014 European Champion, testing his legs a bit. Then, Lesotho’s Tsepo Mathibelle took the lead and charged away until 1:50, when Ghirmay Ghebreselassie and Yemane Tsegay went by.

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Yemane Tsegay went by Ghebreslassie, but the young Eritrean went by, and that was that. In 2:12.27, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the first gold medal for Eritea. Tadesse Zadese had won silver in the 10,000 meters before, but no gold for the new country.

A word on the age of Mr. Ghebreslassie. Many are noting he is 19, but we have now recieved reports that he is between 20 and 25. It is an issue as there are still countries who do not keep great records on such information. Whatever the case, this young man has burst on the marathon scene and upset the likes of Wilson Kipsang, Dennis Kimetto,who both dropped out, and Stephen Kiprotich, the 2012 Olympic champion.

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  • Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself."

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