Italian Runner [Eyob Gebrehiwet Faniel], Wins Venice Marathon After All The Favorites Take A Wrong Turn

It's fair to say things were not supposed to go this way at the Venice Marathon. It would've been little surprise if Kenya's Gilbert Kipleting Chumba had won the race Sunday — or maybe it could

It’s fair to say things were not supposed to go this way at the Venice Marathon.

It would’ve been little surprise if Kenya’s Gilbert Kipleting Chumba had won the race Sunday — or maybe it could have been his countryman David Kiprono Metto. And in fact, both of those favorites were among the leaders roughly 16 miles into the marathon.

Then, they took a wrong turn.

Led astray by a guide motorcycle, the small pack of runners leading the marathon followed the errant rider several hundred meters off course and apparently onto a main thoroughfare. A video captured the crucial, crushing moment the runners learned of the error and turned back.

Delayed by about 2 minutes, according to The Associated Press, the favorites ultimately lost out to Eyob Gebrehiwet Faniel, a local who was reportedly running in only his second marathon. Faniel, who has been referred to by both surnames, runs for the Venice Marathon Club. The Eritrean-born Italian made his official marathon debut in Florence last year, as noted by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Now, he is the first Italian man to win the Venice Marathon in 22 years.

“Today’s race shows that the work is paying off,” Faniel said after the marathon, according to the IAAF. “It was not an easy race as I had to run alone on the Ponte della Libertà. I dedicate the win to myself as I have always believed in my work despite all the difficulties.”

Source: npr.org

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21 COMMENTS
  • Amba October 23, 2017

    Congratulations, The Italians and Eyob will celebrate this time by sheer luck because the favorites, i.e. the Kenyans were “Led astray by a guide motorcycle, the small pack of runners leading the marathon followed the errant rider several hundred meters off course and apparently onto a main thoroughfare. ”
    Will he win in the next marathon, only time will tell because he has just tested the sweetness of winning.

    • sami October 24, 2017

      Amba, Italiano Eyob got a helping hand (a well planned dummy to deceive the poor Kenyans) from mama Italiano the former old slave masters doing favors to their loyal obedient black slave
      The most evil barbaric mama Saudi Arabia would also be doing similar favors to its former and present lowland muslim Arab dogs slaves when it comes to their camel race marathons!!!!!

      • alem October 24, 2017

        Sami
        U really look like tsebib (narrow) tigraway who just learned of the death of weyane in the hands of amhara and oromo. May be u need to take a deep breath and calm down a bit for we eritreans minus hgdf have a different dream than hgdf. We dont wish death to tigray, or amhara or oromo. We want a prosperous neighbour that respects us and that we respect unlike hgdf gihilatat.

      • Almaz October 24, 2017

        Tekhlay Nefahito,
        Your God father Wedi Medhin Berad is now the main ally of mama Saudi and Egypt conspiring against Ethiopia and helping the Saudis on their war against the poor people of yemen.

      • Danilo October 24, 2017

        Sami, poveretto! What do you mean ” mama italiano “?

        Could you please write that you know? Which, every asmarino knows to say MAMMA ITALIANA, not mama italiano. Otherwise, your skin will not be worth to make scarpa cipollina.

        • Danilo October 24, 2017

          To add some hunkilibito, cross the border before it is late.

  • Amen October 23, 2017

    congratulations Eyob
    Yes
    that is how to do it !

  • Lilo October 24, 2017

    Sami, you said the lowland muslim Arab dogs slaves when it comes to their camel race marathon!
    But as you know these useless gutless people are only good in banditry, destruction, mayhem and killings.
    They never participate or take part in any sports activity at all except ruining, destroying and wasting innocent lives.
    Surely, as you already know our Eritrea and civilization has gone backward since we accepted these nasty moslems.

  • Danilo October 24, 2017

    Congra!!! Eyob, you have done it as it suppose to be exactly as abebe beQila does it beer foot. Indeed, race wise.

    • shilan October 24, 2017

      Danilo pigo, did you actually mean “bare foot”???? The great man Abebe Bekila couldn’t have run on “beer” foot “feet”, could he Danilo pigo???? Could you also run “beer foot” with your stinking camels???? Are you also by any chance a peadophile just like your negis/evil father Mohammed? As you know it is illegal to make love to under age “babes pigs & goats” in the west!!!! Please don’t forget you aren’t in your stinking Yemeni/Sudanese nomad boshes!!!!

      • shilan October 24, 2017

        correction: please read “bushes” and not boshes.

  • Danilo October 24, 2017

    ሹሉ !ስሓቅ መይተ።you must say first, if your mam is your dad ? Then we can clone you as pig.

    • shilan October 24, 2017

      Good, good Danilo pigo, very happy to make you smile and enjoy my sexy genius comment.

      • shilan October 24, 2017

        Danilo pigo, I forgot to add that please ‘don’t die by laughing’ at my very entertaining and educational comment. But I am still struggling to figure out your comment about ‘you must say first, if your mam is your dad’, what exactly are you trying to say????
        Lastly, I absolutely agree with you about congratulating your Italiano Eyob brother!!!!

  • fdgfh October 27, 2017

    I dedicate the win to myself as I have always believed in my work despite all the difficulties.”

  • Simon G December 6, 2017

    THIS IS ONE IF OF THE IGNORANT ANSEBA ANILAMALS. THAT’S ALL!

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