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Ethiopian Runner Stops a Lap Early, Comes Back Anyway to Win with the Fastest 3000m Time

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 7, 2023

🏃‍ አስገራሚ ድራማ በፈረንሳይ ሃገር፤ በትንሿ ከተማ በ ቫል ዴ ሮዊይVal-de-Reuil በተካሄደው የሦስት ሺህ ሜትር የቤት ውስጥ ውድድር ሩጫውን እየመራች የነበረችው ኢትዮጵያዊቷ ሯጭ ዲሪቤ ወልቴጂ ሁለት መቶ ሜትር ሲቀራት ውድድሩን የጨረሰች መስሏት መሮጥ አቋመች፤ ግን ገና ትንሽ እንደሚቀራት ስታውቅ ነቅታ ሩጫውን ‘በድጋሚ’ በአሸናፊነት ጨረሰች። ያውም በወቅቱ አዲስ የሦስት ሲህ ሜትር ርቀት ፈጣን ሰዓት። 8:33.44

ለጥንቸሏ በጣም ጥሩ ትምህርት ነው!

🏃‍ Drama in France as Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia stops a lap too early and is told to keep running SHE STILL WINS with the fastest 3000m time in the world so far this short year, 8:33.44

There were many remarkable races at the Meeting de l’Eure indoor track meet in Val-de-Reuil, France, but one stood out amongst the others.

In the women’s 3,000 meters, Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia was well ahead of the pack, her victory almost assured. But with one lap to go in the race, Welteji pulled off to the side, thinking she had completed the race. With the other competitors closing in, a pacer and official grabbed hold of her and guided her back into lane one.

Welteji’s 30 meter lead shrunk as other runners looked to capitalize on her mistake, but she showed no signs of exhaustion. Welteji powered away to a personal best and world-leading time of 8:33.44. Her race shows that even when things go wrong, there’s always a chance for redemption.

💭 A very good lesson to the Hare.


A long time ago there was a hare who wouldn’t stop teasing a tortoise for his slowness. “I’m the fastest runner in the woods and you are the slowest one! We should compete!” he jeered.

One day the tortoise, tired of the hare showing off, agreed to have a running competition. “You may be fast, but I am persistent”, he said.

The next day the tortoise and the hare stood at the start, ready for the race. “One, two, three, go”, said the hare and they started running.

The hare was a long way in front of the tortoise when he saw a field of cabbages. He looked back and almost couldn’t see the tortoise. “Take your time!” he shouted to the tortoise, “I’ll have a snack here and still I’ll win the race!”

When he had finished his breakfast, the hare looked around to see how far the tortoise had got. He still hadn’t passed halfway! Feeling sleepy after his snack, the hare thought to himself, “I will have a quick snooze now and when I wake up I will quickly run past the finish line.”

He fell into a deep sleep and dreamed of winning the competition. Time passed and the sun was already setting when the hare woke up. He jumped and looked around to see the tortoise a few steps from the finish line.

The hare rushed towards the finish line as fast as he could, but the tortoise was already crossing it, winning the competition. “You don’t always have to be the fastest to win”, the tortoise told the hare, who was sobbing in disgrace.


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