Very few people have heard of Ghirmay Ghebreselassie before now, in fact he was described as an unknown teenager from Eritrea at the Athletics World Championships in Beijing over the weekend. The unknown teenager shone brilliantly beating defending champion Stephen Kiprotich, world record holders and all pre-race favourites to clinch the gold medal in the marathon race. He collected the first gold medal of the meeting after completing the 42 kilometres in 2 hours 12 minutes and 27 seconds. Not only is the gold medal significant for Eritrea as it is their first gold medal at the world championship ever, Ghirmay Ghebreselassie has just made a significant record- he is the youngest marathon world champion in history since its inception in 1983. Ghirmay is nineteen years old.
This marathon is Ghirmay’s fourth marathon, his first marathon was in Chittagong, the second was in Dubai and he fell out of that race, he ran in Hamburg and this Beijing race is his fourth.
The medals seemed to only fit the Africans at this race; coming second after him was Yemane Tsegay an Ethipian with a close distance of 40 seconds and Munyo Solomon Mutai from Uganda took the bronze medal. Defending champion Stephen Kiprotich finished ninth. .
Ghebreselassie hopes to be at the Olympics in Rio next year.
This 15th World Championships in Athletics is being held 22–30 August 2015 in Beijing, China. The event is the largest sporting event to take place at the Bird’s nest as Beijing National Stadium is being called since the 2008 Summer Olympics