Gebremariam To Race In World Championship Marathon

Gebre Gebremaiam is heading to South Korea in September. Photo:

Gebre Gebremariam is heading to South Korea in September. Photo:

He will then run the ING New York City Marathon two months later.

It’s official: reigning ING New York City Marathon champion Gebre Gebremariam will be representing Ethiopia in this year’s World Championship marathon.

“I will go back to my country to train for the world championships,” he said. “I already made the team.”

The World Championship marathon is being held on September 4 in Daegu, South Korea. Just two months later, Gebremariam will head to New York City where he will attempt to defend his title in the marathon there.

Gebremariam won the 2009 World Cross-Country title. He placed third at this year’s Boston Marathon (2:04:53). Last week, Gebremariam came in second at the inaugural B.A.A. 10K behind Boston Champion Geoffrey Mutai.

On the Kenyan side, neither Mutai nor second-place finisher at Boston, Moses Mosop, will be taking part in the World Championships. Mosop says he will be training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October.

Instead, defending world-champion marathon winner Abel Kirui will be in Daegu to represent Kenya. Kirui is Mosop’s training partner.

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