August 11, 2012

Virgin Mary 'crosses the finish line' with Olympic gold runner


Meseret Defar of Ethiopia holds up a picture at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London, England. Credit: Alexander Hassens/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images
.- Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold.

She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer.

An Orthodox Christian, Defar entrusted her race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish line in 15:04:24, beating her fellow Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba, who was the favorite to win.

A teary-eyed Defar proudly showed the picture of the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus that she carried with her for the entire race.

Throughout the event, Defar kept pace with three other Ethiopian runners and three from Kenya, until speeding past them on the homestretch to win gold.

The silver medal went to Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya and the bronze to Dibaba.

Defar is also a two-time world champion in the 3000 meters. In Athens in 2004 she won the gold in the 5000 meters and in Beijing in 2008 she won the bronze.

On June 3, 2006 she broke the world record for the 5000 meters set previously by Turkish runner Elvan Abeylegesse, with a time of 14:24:53.

18 comments:

Selam Setegn said...

Oh Sebehat le Egziabher! Ye eme Amlak Milja Ena Redatinet Hulem Abron Yinur.Ameeeeen!

Selam Setegn said...

Oh Sebehat le Egziabher! Ye eme Amlak Milja Ena Redatinet Hulem Abron Yinur.Ameeeeen!

Selam Setegn said...

Oh Sebehat le Egziabher! Ye eme Amlak Milja Ena Redatinet Hulem Abron Yinur.Ameeeeen!

Anonymous said...

Abatochachin, keersua min temarachihu???????????
Engnas keersua Min temarin Yihon

Gebregziabher Kide said...

DEJESELAMOCH! If you can edit ur article instead of saying picture, say Icon! Blessings!

DejeS ZeTewahedo said...

Gebregziabher Kide,
Thank you for the comment, but In might see, we took the news from (CNA/EWTN News) and we did not want to edit their piece.

Demile yalew said...

Mesere congratulation for your spiritual strangth also that you win 5000 meter running with gold. But you wines not only by running also by faith, if you beleive what ever possible, that you show realy our identity for i say to you again congratulation & have a nice futur!!

Anonymous said...

ሰላም ደጀ ሰላሞች፣

ይህ ነገር ለሁሉም ሰው አስተማሪ ነው።
ሰባኪ ነን ለሚሉ እመብርሃንን በልብ ሳይዟት ለህዝቡ ቢሰብኩ ፍሬ የለውም፤

ካህናት፤ዲያቆናት ሌሎችም ቢሆን እንዲሁ በልብ እሷን ካልያዙ መዘዙ ብዙ ነው።

ምክንያቱም ሰው ፍጹም አይደለምና ሁሌም ይበድላልና!
ሁላችንም ቅም ብለን እናስብ እያንዳንዳችን እራሳችን መስበክ ሳንችል ሰውን እንሰብካለን።
መሠረት ግን እራሷን ሰብካ ተጠቅማበት ለዓለም ሁሉ ሰበከች።

የእሷን ዓይነት ልብ ለሁላችንም ያድለን።
እኔ እንባዋ በጣም ነው ውስጤን የነካኝ።
እንባሽን የራሄል እንባ የተቀበለ የሰማ ያንቺንም ሰምቶ ለሀገራችን ምሕረትን ያውርድልን።

Thank you Dejeselam

Anonymous said...

St mary is a sign of our vectory. Thanks God.

Anonymous said...

Please don't exaggerate the incident. This is not the aspect Christianity is for.

She is a good athlete, but her belief should be kept in her heart. No matter how splendid she performed yesterday, the had bee on the track representing 80m Ethiopians not Christians.

This is not a good article, at least for me

Tesfaye.

Anonymous said...

The athletes are not only our ambassadors but Apostles!
we need to learn from them.( From the Patriarch to the mi'emen)

Anonymous said...

Athleticsin bicha sayhon Haymanotim sebka temelesech!!!Jegna

Anonymous said...

selam deje selamoch Lemehonu Kemeseret min temarin? Endew zim bilo becha emebetachinin enwedalen malet waga yelewim. Yihe metfo tiwilid yale emebetachin wage yelewim. Lezih yemeslegnal wotatum hone abatoch bado yehonut. Abatochim beiwketachew yitabeyalu. wotatochem bebado ewket yemetsdekalu. Endemeseret Emebetachinin yeyaze sew yemifeligewin neger keigziabher yagegnal.
Lib yisten

Anonymous said...

My dream comes true. Finally I found a hero who preach the world in action, not in words,that we can only acheive our goals with the help of virgin Mary
Meseret Blessed your heart.

Anonymous said...

Congradulations yagere lijj Meseret Defar my hero! You are very tough pysically & more tough spirtiually. Thus the vergin Mary our beloved mother was with you. I am very proud of you as an Ethiopian. God bless you & your family. Bravo Ehite Meseret Defar!!!!

Anonymous said...

መሠረት እሷ ራሷ የሠራችውን ሥራ ግዙፍነት ባታውቀውም ኢትዮጵያን ወክላ እመብርሃንን ገለጠች። እኛ የእመ ብርሃን ወገኖች ነን አለች። እመ ብርሃን ሁል ጊዜ ትቁምላት። በክርስቶስ አኮራችን። እኔ ደግሞ ብዙ ክብደት ያለው ጉዳይ አልመሰለኝም ነበር። ነገር ግን ልጄ የሎንዶኑን ኦሎምፒክ መዝጊያ በዓል እያየ እንግሊዞች በሰልፍና በመብራት ፋየር ወርክ የሚያሳዩት የእንግሊዝን ሰንደቅ አላማ ነው፣ ሰንደቅ አላማው ደግሞ የተሰረዘ መስቀል ነው አለኝ። ይነግረኝ የነበረው በእንግሊዝኛ ስለነበረ የተናገረው ነገር ጭንቅላቴን መታው። መስቀሉ crossed-out ነው ነበር ያለኝ። ባላቤቴ ደግሞ ሌላ ክፍል ውስጥ ስለነበረች ልጄ የተናገረውን አልሰማችም ነበረ ነገር ግን ወደ ፋሚሊ ሩም መጥታ ቴሌቪዚኑን በጨረፍታ ስታይ ወይ ጉድ ወይ ጉድ እያለች አታዩም የዘንዶ ምስል እኮ ነው በ human letter የሚሰሩት አለች። እውነትም ትኩር ብየ ስመለከት ልጄም ባለቤቴም ያሉት እውነት እንደሆነ አየሁ። ሁለቱም የተናገሩት አባባላቸውን የሚጋብዝ conversation ሳይኖር በድንገት ነው። ያን ጊዜ መሠረት ደፋር ያደረገችው ከራሷ ሳይሆን ከእግዚኦብሔር እንደሆነ ተረዳሁ። ስሟም እራሱ ለዚሁ ጊዜ መላእክት ያወጡት ይመስላል። የሚገርም ትልቅ መልእክት ያለው የምስክርነት ጊዜ እንደሆነ ስለገባኝ ለናንተ ለወገኖቼ ላካፍላችሁ ብየ ነው።

Hailu said...


I was so touched and tearful when Meseret pulled St. Mary's icon after her last step of the race winning the 5000 meters race.

I am proud of our sister Meseret and above all stregthened by her physical as well spiritual courage.

May God give us all Orthodoxawiyan the strength to testify about faith with courage and action.

God bless Meseret Defar.

Anonymous said...

እንደመሠረት ልብ ያለ ጠንካራ አማኝ ልብ እመኛለሁ።

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