You know the marathon in my country is just exceptional. It's like soccer in England. If England win the world cup and Ethiopia win the marathon - it's the same.
Many people know that Ethiopia is poor. When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can't make planes or cars, we don't have the materials. We do what we can.
When I run in Ethiopia, I look out and see eucalyptus trees and rivers.
I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia.
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