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Athletics-Ethiopia lauds Barega's stunning 10,000m win

Athletics-Ethiopia lauds Barega's stunning 10,000m win

7/31/2021 11:35:00 AM

Athl etics-Ethiopia lauds Barega's stunning 10,000m win

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his compatriot Selemon Barega's stunning victory in the men's 10,000 metres on Friday when he upset world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda to become the new Oly mpic champion.

"As a pan-African, I am also proud of Ethiopia's Selemon Barega who won,"he added in a Twitter post.The race didn't have a defending champion this year as Britain's Mo Farah failed to qualify and wasn't in Tokyo to try to win the title for the third time in a row.

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That opened up room for a new champion, an opportunity that Barega took with aplomb. He trailed for most of the race only to kick off in the last lap and sprint beyond Cheptegei and Kiplimo, stunning the favoured Ugandans left in his wake.The small Ethiopian delegation in the stadium ululated Barega as he took his victory lap, smiling broadly, his country's flag on his shoulders. The sound reverberated around the spectatorless Olympic Stadium and into the warm Tokyo sky.

Barega said he was proud to join the list of Ethiopia's Olympic champion runners, which includes Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele."It's very well-known that we have been winners for the 10,000m competition," he said after the race. headtopics.com

"I feel really proud to be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics."Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Additional reporting by Tiksa Tegeri in Addis Ababa; Editing by Karishma SinghOur Standards:More from ReutersSign up for our newsletterSubscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox.

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Selemon Barega Wins the Men’s 10,000 Meters at 2021 OlympicsBarega, the silver medalist at 5,000 meters at the 2019 World Championships, moved to the front of a 12-man pack at the start of the final lap and held on for the victory. Tokyo2020

Selemon Barega wins 10,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics, the Games' first track and field medalEthiopia's Selemon Barega won the men's 10,000-meter gold at the Tokyo2020 Oly mpics on Friday after a thrilling sprint on the final lap. How many people were infected with Covid or died for that medal? Poor excuses for human beings, putting themselves above life or death! Those who win in this deplorable Olympics are really the very biggest LOSER'S! EthiopiaPrevails Congratulations to all Ethiopian and Ethiopian supporters all over the world.

Selemon Barega wins 10,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics, the Games' first track and field medalEthiopia's Selemon Barega won the men's 10,000-meter gold at the Tokyo2020 Oly mpics on Friday after a thrilling sprint on the final lap. How many people were infected with Covid or died for that medal? Poor excuses for human beings, putting themselves above life or death! Those who win in this deplorable Olympics are really the very biggest LOSER'S! EthiopiaPrevails Congratulations to all Ethiopian and Ethiopian supporters all over the world.

Selemon Barega Wins the Men’s 10,000 Meters at 2021 OlympicsBarega, the silver medalist at 5,000 meters at the 2019 World Championships, moved to the front of a 12-man pack at the start of the final lap and held on for the victory. Tokyo2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympics track and field schedule, how to watch liveThe track and field program at Tokyo 2020 begins on Friday with the men's 10,000m gold medal up for grabs.