Eritrea's Ghebreslassie wins marathon in Beijing Worlds

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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea beat the scorching morning sun and a late chase by Ethiopia's Yemane Tsegay to win the men's marathon at the world athletics championships in Beijing on Saturday.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea competes during the men's marathon at the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2015 in Beijing, capital of China, on Aug. 22, 2015. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie claimed the title with 2 hours 12 minutes 27 seconds. [Photo: Xinhua]
The 19-year-old clocked two hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds for his first world championship title, beating Tsegay into second place.

The Ethiopian, who had once overtaken Ghebreslassie in the last kilometers, timed 2:13.07 for silver with Munyo Solomon Mutai from Uganda taking bronze in 2:13:29.

It was Eritrea's second ever world championship medal after Tadesse Zersenay's 10,000m silver in Berlin in 2009.

The Beijing worlds' first event took place under a crystal blue sky with the temperature registering 28 degrees centigrade.

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