For the first time, an Israeli is crowned European Champion
Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins the 10,000-meter race and the country's first ever gold medal at the European Athletic Championships.
Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, a Kenyan-born Israeli citizen, just won the 10,000-meter race at the European Championships in Berlin. It's the first time an Israeli has won a European Championship ever.
Understandably, Salpeter was a little winded after the race, where she finished in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds – nine seconds ahead of silver medalist Susan Krumins of the Netherlands. It was, after all, her first gold medal.
But she still managed to answer some questions from reporters, as you can see in the video below:
Salpeter, 29, has been chasing gold for her adopted home country since moving there in 2009, originally as a nanny for the children of Kenya's ambassador to Israel. She met Dan Salpeter, a running coach, and they married in 2014. Their son, Roy, was born later that year.
She won the Tel Aviv Marathon in 2016, and competed in the Rio Olympics as part of Israel's largest delegation. She fell short of a medal, though, because of ongoing shoulder problems.
Dan Salpeter said in 2016 that the Olympics were just the beginning of Lonah's quest for gold: "Lonah still has tremendous potential to improve greatly over the next 10 years and even beyond."
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