Zimbabwe athletes disappoint in Beijing

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s long distances runners Cuthbert Nyasango, Gilbert Mutandiro and Cephas Pasipamiri failed to leave a mark at the 2015 World Championships Marathon race in Beijing, China yesterday.

Nyasango was the best placed Zimbabwean when he came in at number 23 with a time of 2:22:15 at the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.

Pasipamiri came home in position 30 with a time of 2:25:05 while Mutandiro was in 37th place after crossing the line in a time of 2:31:35. 

The day, however, belonged to 19-year-old Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, who claimed the first gold medal of the World Championships.

The teenager led from Lesotho’s Tsepo Ramonene Mathibelle on the 36km mark and saw off pressure from Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay for a memorable win. Ghebreslassie, who became the youngest ever world marathon winner in just his fourth race, clocked 2:12:27, with Tsegay, fourth in 2009 and eighth in Moscow two years ago, taking silver in 2:13:07 and Munyo Solomon Mutai of Uganda the bronze (2:13:29).

It was Eritrea’s second ever world medal after Tadesse Zersenay’s silver in the 10 000m in the 2009 worlds in Berlin.

“Although I do not have much experience, I will work to make another special history in Rio,” Ghebreslassie said of his plans for next summer’s Olympic Games.

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