Samuel Tsegay wins again. He wins the Strömstad mile this week while another Eritrean-Norweigian takes second.
From the get go of the annual Stromstad, Swedish race Samuel Tsegay moved ahead of the entire competition. He was able to win his second straight victory in a short turn around in the Strömstadmilen a short summer race that was halted due to the Covid-19 in the past two years. In 2020 and 2021, Strömstad Löparklubb was forced to cancel its summer classic due to the pandemic. The race was well attended in the backdrop of this beautiful city. It is to be recalled that in 2019, Samuel Tsegay won the Strömstadmilen with a time of 29.36 in torrential rain. This year the weather cooperated and the beautiful Swedish summer heat with some wind made running easy for the winner. By virtue of becoming a Swedish citizen after his move to Sweden from Eritrea, he has made himself ready to participate in the Swedish half marathon Championships taking place next week.
Samuel’s winning time at this race in Strömstadmilen was 29.30. In second place Eritrean-Norwegian Senay Fissehatsion came in at 31.35. Samuel is a humble and hard working world class athlete that truly wants to contribute to Eritrea even though he is competing for Sweden. Samuel came to Sweden from Eritrea four years ago. He lives with his family in Gothenburg. As he recently became a Swedish citizen, he will also compete for Sweden in the European Athletics Championships later this summer, where he is part of the Swedish marathon team. In April 2021, he ran the marathon distance of 2.06.53. More than three minutes faster than Mustafa Mohamed’s Swedish record 2.10.03. Among other things, Samuel has also won World Cup silver in the half marathon with 59.21. Many of you recall his famous video when he got into a struggle as he took the lead from another runner. No need to get into the details, but once again
Eri-internationalsports is proud of Samuel. We spoke to him at length last week and he has been a staunch advocate of our mission to help Eritrean sports.