Gemechu Crosses Second to Win Dallas Marathon

Gemechu Beaten by Relay Runner. Image:www.runnersworld.com

Full credit for sportsmanship to marathon runner Shitaye Gemechu! The plucky Ethiopian runner had raced a gruelling 42.2 kilometres on Sunday. Her competitors in the Dallas marathon had dropped, one-by-one, away over the winding course.

Some of the finest runners in the country had toed the line as the starter’s gun cracked the morning air, and the racing had been fierce.

In the second half of the race Gemechu stamped her authority over the field. She lost her last rival and began stretching out towards the finish.

As she entered the final bends of the race, the crowd went wild. She took the final right-hand curve and coasted the last two hundred metres to the tape.

What Gemechu didn’t (and couldn’t) know was that a fast finishing Janice Moore was fast closing the gap between them.

Moore was the anchoring runner as part of a relay team running the same course.

Moore put in a mighty finishing burst and breasted the tape inches before Gemechu.

But the plucky Ethiopian was unfazed. She’d won the individual category even if she didn’t cross first.

Gemechu was all smiles as she received her country’s flag and waved at the crowd.

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