Congratulations to Gebre Gebremariam

by Gilbert Keith

For winning the NYC Marathon:

Gebremariam Wins New York in Marathon Debut

Gebre Gebremariam once studied marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie in school, in a class that also featured another Ethiopian marathon legend, Abeba Bikila.

He earned an A.

Gebremariam started running himself at age 18 in Ethiopia, and he has won at every distance and on every kind course since until he made his marathon debut Sunday in relative obscurity in the New York City Marathon.

Running effortlessly and alone in the final two miles, Gebremariam, 26, cruised to a victory in 2 hours 8 minutes 14 seconds. His only competition late in the race, Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya, had dropped back in the 25th mile in Central Park with pain in his leg. Gebremariam looked back several times, then stormed ahead to the tape.

A solid achievement!