Tachlowini fled insecurity in Eritrea when he was just 12 years old with his 13-year-old friend. From there, he spent time in Ethiopia and Sudan before eventually making the treacherous journey across the Sinai to Israel. He recalls his friend teaching him a trick he learnt from his father: when they would sleep, they would take off their shoes and leave them pointing in their direction of travel so that when they awoke the next morning, they would not lose their way. Upon reaching Israel, he spent time in detention before being sent to a school in Hadera, where he met his running coach. It’s been eight years since he last saw the family he left behind.
In 2020, he reached the World Athletics A limit in marathon running with 2.10.55 at Agmon Hahula Marathon, making him eligible to compete at Tokyo 2020. During the Olympic Games, he ran an amazing race, finishing 16th in 2.14.02.
He was the IOC Refugee Olympic Team flag bearer, alongside Yusra Mardini
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