Eritreans Find a Golden Lining

Eritrean Runners Samuel Tsegay and Zersenay Tadese

Tadese, after earning six consecutive silvers for #Eritrea in the team event, finally got his hands on a team #Gold

By Mike Rowbottom

Zersenay Tadese, the dominant force in the event for almost a decade, was finally run out of the medals here in the IAAF/Al-Bank Half Marathon Championships as he finished fourth in a race won by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor in 59min 07sec.

But the twist in the tale was that Tadese, after earning six consecutive silvers for Eritrea in the team event, finally got his hands on a team gold thanks to the additional efforts of Samuel Tsegaye, who won the battle with Ethiopia’s Guye Adola to take silver in a personal best of 59:20, and Nguse Amlosom, fifth in 59:59.

Tadese looked somewhat crestfallen after his race, but Tsegaye confirmed later that he had perked up once he knew that a historic team gold had been secured.

“I think he is a real team player, and he is really happy that we have won the gold at last,” Tsegaye said.

Kenya, team gold medallists on the last six occasions, had to settle for silver this time around, with bronze going to Ethiopia.

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