Ghirmay Ghebreslassie becomes youngest man to win World Championships marathon
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest man to win the marathon at the World Championships, using a late surge to take the title on a sweltering Saturday.
The 19-year-old Eritrean grabbed his country’s flag as he entered the Bird’s Nest and waved it to the cheering crowd. He finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 27 seconds to hold off Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia by 40 seconds. Munyo Solomon Mutai of Uganda was third.
Defending world champion and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda wound up sixth, while the favoured Kenyans struggled in the heat and humidity and didn’t even make the top 20.