Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Tsegaye finishes third in London: bad omen!

As an all Kenyan women sweep the latest London Marathon edition and former winner, Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede, settles for men’s third spot behind Kenyan duos, the Ethiopian marathon squad bound to London Olympic is in question.
Already with a foot injury at the start, last year Chicago marathon runner-up Ejegayehu Dibaba manage to stay only the first 10km then showing some discomfort she walked out leaving Aberu Kebedd, the only Ethiopian among five Kenyans out of which the top three booking a place in London marathon. Spear headed by defending champion Mary Keitany, the medal sweeping performance of Kenyans sent a big message to their biggest rival Ethiopia, that they have the best ever women’s field. Keitany clocked 2:18.37 followed by Keplagat, Priscah Jeptoo, Florence Kiplagat and Lancy Kabru with Aberu Kebede sixth in 2:24.04.
London that brought more than 37,000 participants and a single heart failure death reported at the end, has seen the best marathon field ever, with 13 world great athletes present. However it also was a Kenyan affair with the second fastest man in the planet Wilson Kipsang taking the crown in 2:04.44 that is just four seconds shy of world record held by Emmanuel Mutai who walked out in mid race. Though he battled heroically against Kenyan heavy weights 2010 London champion Tsegaye Kebede lost runner-up spot to 2011 London runner up Martin Lel by a second. Tsegaye crossed the finishing line in 2:06.52, the only consolation for Ethiopians who dearly await the return of marathon Olympic gold.