Lelisa Desisa, Ethiopian athlete who won the 2013 Boston Marathon last month, is to present his medal to John Kerry, US Secretary of State in a ceremony organized at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa today May 26.
The Boston Marathon winner will be accompanied by other prominent Ethiopian athletes when handing his gold medal to John Kerry, dedicating it to the victims of the terrorists’ bomb attack at the epic event held on April 15, 2013 in Boston, USA.
According to the information Capital obtained from the U.S. Embassy, the athlete will present the medal to the Secretary of State, who is visiting Ethiopia for the first time since his appointment a few months ago.
During the Boston Marathon held on April 15, two pressure cooker bombs exploded killing 3 people and injuring 264. The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 190m apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) enquiry indicated that the brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are responsible for the attack. The investigation is still going on.
Ethiopia’s Lelisa, 23, took the title in the 117th edition of the world’s oldest marathon on April 15, winning a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds and snap a string of three consecutive Kenyan victories.
The other Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam, finished third at the same event.
The State Secretary’s visit aims to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the African Union and to hold security talks with regional officials.
Kerry’s three-day visit began Friday in Addis Ababa, where he met with senior Ethiopian officials, including PM Hailemariam Desalegn to discuss “bilateral issues.”