Zersenay Tadesse made another historical record for his mother country Eritrea here on Thursday as he claimed the men's 10,000m at the ninth All-Africa Games.
After crossing the finish line first, he once again became a national hero, becoming the first athlete from Eritrea in the 42-year history of the Games to win a medal in the event.
His time was 27 minutes 0.30 seconds, 27.78 seconds faster than that of the silver winner Tadesse Tola from Ethiopia.
Compared with his performance four months ago in Mombasa, Kenya, in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tadesse did not rely on luck this time but controlled the race with his own tempo and maintained a leading role during the whole race.
Some earlier reports said that the best of the Ethiopians and Kenyans were saving themselves for the 11th IAAF World Championships in Osaka next month.
However, it also proves to some extent that Eritreans are exerting threats against African top-class athletes from Kenya or Ethiopia.
Just like Kenyan national cross country team coach Julius Kirwa said ahead of the championships, Eritrea, not Ethiopia, could pose the biggest threat to Kenyan runners.