Lilesa and his family are settled in Flagstaff, but he still worries about his people in Ethiopia as he shares that his younger brother was beaten and detained by military and his sister-in-law lost his job.
Lilesa and his family will head to Flagstaff where he has been staying on a special visa. Lilesa still has hopes he'll one day return to Ethiopia, but doesn't have high hopes it'll happen before Tokyo 2020. *2nd article
*LRC Archives: The Bravest Olympian in Rio — Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa Risks Death But Speaks Out About Killings of Oromo Protesters in Ethiopia After Earning Olympic Silver in Marathon
Lilesa talks about the oppression the Oromo people face in Ethiopia and explains why he is afraid to go back after his sign of protest at the Rio finish line. *Discuss
A government spokesman said, "He is an Ethiopian hero who has done his all to make us all proud — as far as his political views are concerned, he is entitled to them."
Jepchirchir faces Worknesh Degefa (66:14) while the men's race has eight sub-60 men including Feyisa Lilesa (59:22), Edwin Kipyego (59:30) and 2:04 marathon man Dickson Chumba.