Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter celebrates on the podium with her gold medal after the women's 10,000m event in Berlin on Aug. 9, 2018. Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter celebrates on the podium with her gold medal after the women's 10,000m event in Berlin on Aug. 9, 2018. Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter celebrates on the podium with her gold medal after the women's 10,000-meter race in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Lonah Chemtai Salpeter bears the Israeli flag as she celebrates winning gold at the European Championships Lonah Chemtai Salpeter bears the Israeli flag as she celebrates winning gold at the European Championships. (Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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.

Salpeter is overcome with emotion and exhaustion after winning the race. Salpeter is overcome with emotion and exhaustion after winning the race. (Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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.

Lonah with her coach and husband, Dan Salpeter. Lonah with her coach and husband, Dan Salpeter. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

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.

Lonah Chemtai practicing as she preps for the Olympics. Lonah Chemtai on a practice run as she preps for the 2016 Olympics. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

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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