Lonah Chemtai Salpeter became the first Israeli woman to win gold at a European Athletics Championships on Wednesday night.
Winning the 10,000m at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the 29-year-old finished nine seconds ahead of Susan Krumins, in a time of 31.43.29, and said: “It means a lot and it is an honour for my country.”
Moving to Israel in 2008, as a nanny for the children of Kenya’s Ambassador to Israel, she met Israeli running coach Dan Salpeter, with the two getting married in 2014. Granted Israeli citizenship in March 2016, she represented the country at the 2016 Olympics, though had to pull out injured of the marathon.
“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) August 8, 2018