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Ethiopian takes third #wingsforlifeworldrun win in Vienna.
Former refugee Lemawork Ketema produced another outstanding run to win the Austrian #wingsforlifeworldrun on Sunday for a third time.
The professional runner managed to reach a mark of 87.2km before the Catcher Car caught up with him, a distance which left him third overall worldwide behind winner Aron Anderson and Bartosz Olszewski.
Ketema, originally from Ethiopia, arrived in Austria back in 2013 and became the inaugural #wingsforlifeworldrun overall champion in May 2014 after #running 78.5km (48.7m) in just over five hours.
He just edged out Peruvian Remigio Huaman Quispe in Lima by 90 metres, despite unsportsmanlike behaviour from his Ukrainian rival Evgenii Glyva at the front of the Donautal field in Austria.
He also won the 2014 Graz Marathon for good measure, even though he was living four to a room in an asylum seekers’ hostel in Greifenstein north of Vienna.
Thankfully locals, including respected trainer Harald Fritz, were drawn to his magnetic talent and hard working attitude that comprised early morning 25km runs and evening sessions.
This might have looked a heavy workload to others, but Ketema was used to a 7km run to school and back when he was a child in Africa.
He made his own way to Austria in 2013 to compete in the Salzburg Marathon and claimed asylum.
Denied the chance to run in major marathons outside of Austria due to his asylum application, Ketema went on to win the #wingsforlifeworldrun again in 2015 where he produced a then record distance of 79.9km (49.6m) #running alongside his rival Remigio from the 2014 race.
It finally enabled him to travel around the world by plane and his personal marathon best time was recorded in Rio de Janeiro in July 2015 but, granted Austrian citizenship in December 2015, he sadly failed to get the necessary marathon mark to compete at Rio 2016.
Nevertheless, he bounced back to finish first in Austria and third overall on Sunday thereby picking up his third #wingsforlifeworldrun trophy in the process.
He revealed, "I am happy today! Rain and lots of wind did not make it easy, but I did it and would like to thank everyone who made this possible."
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