Recent results on Boston and London marathons prove once again that Ethiopian runners are here to stay. The overall balance of the full results shows a 25% presence in the top 10 who crossed the finish line in both men and women’s marathons, with athletes from 15 different countries.
That’s not all. The top runner in Boston men’s marathon, Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, has won the race with a finish time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds. In all credence, this shows a remarkable evolution, especially if we take into consideration that this is just his second participation in a marathon. Winning the race with a fabulous sprint on the last mile, Lelisa even left Kenyan competitor Micah Kogo behind him by 5 seconds – an eternity in a race.
As for Tsegaye Kebede, the young Ethiopian stole the London marathon prize from Emmanuel Mutai and Ayele Abshero, with a significant difference of 27 seconds in between him and his runner-up. This made him enter the record books in way, as for the first time in 6 years, there was a difference bigger than 2 seconds between the 1st and 2nd place.
Ethiopia, with over 91 Million people, is the second most populous country in Africa. Not only known is Ethiopia well-known for producing some of the finest runners the world has ever seen, it is also the birthplace of coffee – which is one of their leading exports.
Ethiopians throughout the world celebrated the momentous occasions of Ethiopians winning both the Boston and London marathons this year.