Letesenbet Gidey ties knot with longtime partner Fesseha Kiros amidst 10,000m world record loss

Letesenbet Gidey ties knot with longtime partner Fesseha Kiros amidst 10,000m world record loss

Festus Chuma 10:12 - 27.05.2024

Letesenbet Gidey married in a grand ceremony amid losing her 10,000m world record to Kenya's Beatrice Chebet.

Ethiopia's celebrated long-distance runner Letesenbet Gidey exchanged wedding vows in a colorful ceremony over the weekend momentarily stepping away from the tracks to celebrate her union with longtime partner Deacon Fesseha Kiros.

The joyous occasion was adorned with floral elegance as Gidey graced the event in a stunning white floral dress pledging her eternal love with vows that promised 'only death would part them.'

Her groom, an emotional Kiros, matched the occasion's grandeur, donning a sophisticated white ensemble complemented by a gold-plated watch.

In return, an emotional Kiros, looking sharp in a white suit complemented by a gold-plated watch, reciprocated with heartfelt promises that sealed their bond.

Letesenbet Gidey during the marriage ceremony

The wedding, an exclusive affair for family and friends, became a focal point for fans and fellow athletes, many of whom took to social media to share their congratulations and support for the couple. 

The online community buzzed with photos and celebratory messages, highlighting the warmth and affection showered upon Gidey and Kiros on their special day.

Just as Gidey was celebrating her new beginning, Kenyan athlete Beatrice Chebet shattered the women's 10,000m world record at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

 Chebet's time of 28 minutes, 54.15 seconds not only clinched her spot in the upcoming Olympics but also eclipsed Gidey's previous record set in 2021 by a significant margin.

Letesenbet Gidey and her husband Deacon Fesseha Kiros. [IMAGE /Suzan Films

This record-breaking performance by Chebet at Hayward Field, which also served as the Kenyan Olympic Trials, marked a historic moment as she became the first woman to break the 29-minute barrier in the event. 

Gidey, who still holds the Half Marathon world record, had maintained her 10,000m title since 2021 and was only the second athlete after Ingrid Kristiansen to hold both records simultaneously.

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