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World Championships Teenager Ghirmay Ghebreslassie wins Beijing marathon

Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebreslassie triumphed in the men's marathon becoming the youngest winner of the event at the World Championships.

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Teenager Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the men's marathon at the World Championships in Beijing on Saturday.

Eritrea's Ghebreslassie became the youngest winner of the endurance event at a world championships meet, stopping the clock at two hours, 12 minutes and 28 seconds.

The 19-year-old was well off his personal best of 2:07:47 set in Hamburg in April, but it mattered little as he careered to a stunning gold medal.

Ethiopia's Yemane Tsegay (2:13:07) won silver in a season-best time, while Ugandan runner Solomon Mutai (2:13:29) completed the podium.

Tsegay's medal marked the fourth straight world championships at which an Ethiopian was on the podium in the men's marathon.

Defending champion Stephen Kiprotich (2:14:42) finished in sixth place.

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