New York’s ‘heavy learning moment’ helped Nagy win in Rotterdam

In Ethiopia, at an altitude of 2,700 meters, Abdi and Abdi, as they are affectionately nicknamed, have been miming the preparation for the Olympic Games for two months. They train at Yaya Village, the training center founded by legend Haile Gebrselassie in 2009.

There the two were joined by Mo Farah, another Somali who fled to Europe. The four-time Olympic champion, who plays for the Great Britain national team, is working on his recovery on the Ethiopian plateau after a serious foot injury.


“We really need each other,” Nagy says of Abdi. A tough runner with unwavering confidence in his last race, he learns a lot from Abdi, the dedicated athlete for whom his training schedules are sacred. This is a typical example of the attraction of opposites. “We really complement each other in all areas. I wouldn’t have gone this far on my own. »

They also share a dream they both had in Rotterdam. “In 2010, I was faced with a choice,” recalls Nagyi. “Do I focus on more education or do I put everything in athletics? I left for Kenya and decided to see where the boat would go. And see where I am now.

With his victory in Rotterdam, he really wants to say it. “Keep dreaming. Keep believing in yourself.”

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