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8 April 2017 – Dawit Fekadu and Degitu Azemeraw win the inaugural Great South Sudanese Run at a time of 29.14 and 33.45 respectively in Juba, Capital of South Sudan which is the youngest country in Africa. Fekadu who has run two fast 15km races few months ago has won a race Istanbul in a time 45.43 and he was 2nd at annual Sao-Paulo 15km in a time of 45.00 and finished the 2016 Great Ethiopian Run 10km International 4th place . Azemeraw is a very young and unknown athlete who surprised everyone when she beat famous and strong athletes at the annual Women First 5km women only run four weeks ago in Addis Ababa. She is coached by Tedy who is husband of Olympic Gold medalist Mesert Defar.

Winners Salva KirrThe inaugural race which is organized by great Ethiopian Run and Dembesh Hotel with the support South Sudanese Government under the slogan “Fund raising to fight famine and poverty” is a huge success where HE Salva Kiir Maradyt President of the Republic of South Sudan jogged 120m along with his cabinet of minister before signing of 5,000 participants at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum (Freedom Square).

In the men race Benjamin Kemboi from Kenya finished second (29.54) followed closely by South Sudanese athlete David Gonji who is the first south Sudanese finisher of the race. In the women race Purity Biwott also from Kenya finished second (35.25) followed by Ethiopian Athlete Derartu Debela (37.25). The first South Sudanese athlete Stella Itong finished fourth.

Haile G/Selassie who is the founder and Board Chairman of Great Ethiopian Run who was also the guest of honor said “I am impressed to see how Government of South Sudan has given this initiative a good focus which contribute for the success of the event. Don’t forget it’s also the first race and you will always find it hard but this race was excptional”. Ayesheshim Teka an Ethiopian Investor and resident of Juba who has been an instrumental for the initiation this event and also chairperson of the organizing committee commented “this event shows solidarity of South Sudan and Ethiopia. The two counties have a long history of togetherness and Ethiopian have always felt concerned about peace and stability of South Sudanese. This event is also aimed to support people affected by the famine children the elderly and women are affected” The event has got donation from different organizations including African Union which donated the highest, an amount of $200,000.

Top 3 results Result

Men

1

Dawit Fekadu

29.14

2

Benjamin Kemboi

29.54

3

David Gonji

30.03

 

Women

 

1

Degitu Azmeraw

33.45

 

2

Purity Biwott

35.25

 

3

Derartu Debela

37.25

 

         

 

First South Sudanese

Stella Itong (woman) and David Gonju (man)