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Ethiopian Airlines Journeys first to congratulate Deriba Merga on winning the Boston Marathon

( WASHINGTON, DC — Ethiopian Airlines Journeys would like to be the first to congratulate Deriba Merga on winning the Boston Marathon.

Ethiopian Olympian, Deriba Merga, won his first Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 42 seconds. The Ethiopian finished almost a minute ahead of Kenyan Daniel Rono.

Merga, who finished in 4th place in the Beijing Olympics, finished first among the more than 26,000 participants in Boston. Regarded as the third-fastest Ethiopian marathoner of all time, Merga now joins the famous list of Ethiopians that have won the Boston Marathon including Hailu Negussie and Abebe Mekonnen.

Merga was born in Nekemt and trains with the Ethiopian squad in Addis Ababa.Merga’s mentor is world-record holder and beloved Ethiopian runner, Haile Gebrselassie.

Fellow native Ethiopian runner and former Boston Marathon champion, Dire Tune, finished second in the closest women’s final ever. Her time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 17 seconds fell one second short of Kenyan, Salina Kosgei.

“Ethiopia takes great pride in their marathon runners,” said Marian Wargo, director of sales for Ethiopian Airlines Journeys and a native New Englander. “The athleticism and training commitment of these runners is truly amazing.”

Mr. Jordan Weitzman, Partner Concepts LLC Telephone: 410-224-7688 Fax: 410-224-1499 Email:

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