The Finish line, composed of royal blue and bright yellow paint, has witnessed countless stories on the third Monday of April every year. Some people shook their arms, some collapsed, some sang proudly, and some shed tears.
For female runners, the Boston Marathon has more historical significance across the times. She was never allowed to compete. After Catherine Stweetzer was caught by the competition supervisor, someone stepped forward to protect her, which set off a craze for female marathon. Now, a female runner runs extremely on this century-old track and writes a glorious and moving story.
In the rain in Boston on April 17th this year,Eritrean female player Nazret Weldu crossed the finish line in sixth place in 2:23:25.. pedalXtep 160X2.0 Yes, the story she wrote is what I want to share with you today.
In 1998, Nazret Weldu, a Sudanese refugee displaced by violent conflict and oppression, and his family finally fled and immigrated to Eritrea, a country that achieved independence only in 1993. She was eight years old that year.
Children in Africa,Exercise from an early age.. At school, Nazret Weldu runs while playing football. 400 meters, 800 meters and 1500 meters are her strengths. At the age of 14, Nazret Weldu won the 400-meter championship in the Nairobiano CA junior championships youth competition. Entering the more competitive adult arena, 18-year-old Weldu won the 1500m championship in Khartoum Meeting CAA, Khartoum.
In 2009, 19-year-old Weldu met his current coach Livingston Abraham Askaba. Under his training, Weldu not only ran on the road, but also participated in cross-country running. The proudest thing was that he won a prize of 5,000 euros in a cross country competition in Spain in 2008. For African athletes, this money was the "ceiling" at that time.
Later,Livingston took Weldu to try middle and long distance, cross-country running, half horse, until the whole horse.. Without him, Weldu may not have the courage and courage to cross the event. In 2019, Weldu began the challenge of the whole horse. And Livingston Abraham also gained another weight from the identity of the coach-husband.
Weldu said that it is not so easy for a person to be a "husband" and a "coach" because "the husband is actually more responsible for companionship, while the coach is to promote and guide athletes". It’s not so easy to switch between being strict and being gentle. There are challenges in any interpersonal relationship, and so do Weldu and Livingston. Fortunately, they walk side by side and make progress little by little in exploration.
Weldu’s professional highlight moment was at the Oregon World Championships in 2022.Wearing Xtep 160X2.0, she broke the world championship record with the top three.She has also become a new creator of Eritrea’s national record. Weldu said that now she simply enjoys the treatment of "national hero".
When Eugene moved to Sydney Marathon, Eritrean residents in Sydney went to see her race, and even found her in various ways after the race and wanted to see her. Her country’s ambassador to Australia also congratulated her after the game.
Weldu revealed the story of his cooperation with Xtep. In May 2022, she first came into contact with Xtep running shoes. "At that time, my coach and I were hesitant. After all, it was a strange brand and I didn’t know what would happen …" But after she chose to try it on, she found that everything was beyond her expectation.There is no difference in foot feeling with the international brand running shoes she wore before.. So,Xtep 160X 2.0 broke the coach’s and her concerns with quality.They chose Xtep’s favorite running shoes and stood on the world championship, the world-class competition track with the highest single level.
From No.59 in the world to No.4 in Oregon, Weldu set a new national record in the world-class competition with extremely high gold content.She described 160X 2.0 as "Very Good" to express Xtep’s trust and support for her.
Weldu expressed her feelings for Xtep on social media.
And the story about their mutual trust,From Oregon to Boston.
In April in Boston, the air still hides the coolness that has not completely faded, and the magnolia and cherry blossoms on the roadside bloom generously throughout the tree.Uncertain rain and heartbreaking difficulties make the most well-trained top professional athletes dare not slack off..
Weldu said that when the technical meeting was held the day before the competition, they knew it would be a rainy battle. But she is not worried about it, because she has been wearing Xtep in normal training.She firmly believes that the top performance of running shoes will help her maintain her fighting capacity as always in the rain war..
The hardest time of the battle of Boston came from 35 kilometers. Weldu recalled that the leading first group had already started at that time, and the cold weather was the most difficult for her to adapt to when she was trained in Ethiopia.However, the running shoes under her feet, whether they are non-slip and wear-resistant, give her enough protection and trust.. Let her hold herself steady at the last moment and cross the line in sixth place.
Although it is a little pity for Weldu not to be on the podium, from Eugene and Boston, she has gained the most intimate and professional care and trust from Xtep inside and outside the track.This mutual trust has given her enough motivation and vision for the future.,
"I am very happy to have the help of such a sponsor of a world-class sports brand, and I hope we can have a longer-term cooperation. In the future training, I will do my best and hope that I can stand on the podium of six Grand Slam events and win the championship in two years. "
"In this competition, I defeated my opponent who lost before. I won the first place in the World Championships last year and ran the tenth this time."
Weldu’s story in Boston is inspiring, glorious, trusting and expecting. Along with her story, Xtep has gone through more than 15 years of deep cultivation.On the international track, I wrote an inspirational story of China sports brands speeding up catch-up and achieving transcendence..
Weldu at the 2022 Oregon World Championships
The World Championships is not only the highest level competition of the world’s top high-level players, but also a battleground for international sports brands to display their brand strength. In the past, foreign capital dominated, and there were few opportunities for domestic brands to correct their names.At the Oregon World Championships, Xtep champion running shoes, which made their first appearance on the international track, set a dazzling record in the world series.In the competition with foreign brands, China’s domestic sports brands have gained the top scientific and technological support.
This reflects the continuous improvement of Xtep product strength of domestic brands. Behind this milestone breakthrough is Xtep’s efforts and determination to constantly consolidate the racing genes, constantly invest and hone, and constantly approach international standards in the process of deepening the field of running.
From Oregon to Boston, the most prestigious six Grand Slam events, China’s running shoes continued to exert their strength, winning the best ranking of women in China’s running shoes in the six Grand Slam events, and Xtep became the only China sports brand among the top ten women’s teams. Among all the Boston elite players, the only China sports brand is Xtep. This is not only a manifestation of brand strength, but also a manifestation of national self-confidence.
From emerging in the world to occupying the spire market, in the competition and game with foreign brands, we will accumulate strength step by step and constantly break through.Xtep has achieved its ambition of "Xtep in China, the world’s running shoes" with hard-core achievements.Break the monopoly of foreign capital, gain a foothold in the world stage and stand out.
From Oregon to Boston, the special step of catching up with China’s running shoes on the world track has proved that the brewing pattern of the world’s running shoes is coming.Xtep, which represents the speed of China, is still accelerating and the development momentum is fierce. It is also more confident and emboldened, making China sports brand generate a strong rising force on the world track..
Text:Fusheng /Edit:Chen cheng
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