Richmond Marathon women’s champ Abebe is a winner in any language

Waynishet AbebeWaynishet Abebe’s command of conversational English isn’t particularly strong. Nonetheless, she spoke eloquently when describing the pivotal moment of her Saturday morning on the streets of Richmond.

“After 22 (miles),” she said, “I go.” And then she made a sweeping motion with her right hand – an impossible-to-misunderstand gesture of speed unleashed.

Abebe, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, rode a late, sustained surge to a comfortable victory in the women’s portion of the Anthem Richmond Marathon. Abebe, who ran 2:39:26 on a frosty morning, began to separate herself from a cluster of three pacesetters with about four miles remaining on the homeward half of the course.

She finished 26 seconds ahead of countrywoman Mahlet Melese and 1:22 ahead of Meagan Nedlo of Salem, Mass.

Read more at: Times Dispatch


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