Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian Olympic marathon silver medalist who crossed the finish line in Rio with his wrists crossed above his head in anti-government protest, has arrived in the U.S., according to the BBC.
Lilesa’s agent said Friday that he has heard that Lilesa has arrived in the U.S., but he has not yet spoken with the runner to confirm.
On Aug. 21, Lilesa finished second in the Olympic marathon, made the protest gesture at least a few times and then said, “If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me, or put me in prison,” according to Agence France-Presse. “It is very dangerous in my country. Maybe I have to go to another country. I was protesting for people everywhere who have no freedom.”
The government later said Lilesa would be received as a hero when he returned to Ethiopia, according to the BBC. There have been no widespread reports that Lilesa has stepped foot in Ethiopia since the Olympics.
Lilesa, a 26-year-old who posted Ethiopia’s best Olympic men’s marathon finish since 2000, explained why he protested that day.
“The Ethiopian government are killing the Oromo people and taking their land and resources so the Oromo people are protesting, and I support the protest as I am Oromo,” Lilesa said, according to The Associated Press. “The Ethiopian government is killing my people so I stand with all protests anywhere as Oromo is my tribe. My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed. I raised my hands to support with the Oromo protest.”
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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”
Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.
Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.
Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.
“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.
“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”
Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.
They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.
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