Six weeks after winning the Helsinki downtown 42 km marathon, Cameroonian super athlete, Mbacha Eric Mangeh has won the 42.195 km Garmain Helsinki City Marathon with a record finishing time of (2h21’)
The event took place on Saturday 2 October, 2021.
The sensational athlete won the 41st edition of the Garmain Helsinki City Marathon ahead of Ernest Kibert Tarus from Kenya and Finland born Aki Nummela.
In August this year, the three times mount Cameroon Guinness Race of Hope winner, Eric Mbacha Mangeh won the 2021 Helsinki Marathon with a super tough time of 02.24.00 thereby improving on his 2020 finishing time of 02.24.40.
Eric who hails from Mbot village in Northwest Cameroon received several death threats from separatist fighters before he moved to Finland to seek for asylum. He is aiming to represent his home country at the Olympic Games in France 2024.
“I need to start preparing for the minimal of qualifiers for the next Olympic Games in 2024 in France. I should at least represent Cameroon in 10,000 metres, 5,000 metres and in marathon,” Mbacha told Volcanicsport in August.
The Helsinki City Running Day is the biggest and most international running event in Finland. The event attracts 15 000 runners from 82 nations and combines six running distances into one day.