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Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola Wins Dubai Marathon, As Worknesh Degefa Takes Women’s Race

 Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola broke the course record eariler today at Dubai Marathon . Race favorite Kenenissa Bekele dropped out, after being tripped at the start line injuring himself. Another Ethiopian debutant Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race. Tamirat Tola won the race with a course record of 2:04:11, improving his personal best by more than two minutes.
Both winners established world leading times and collected 200,000 Dollars each.
Fellow-Ethiopians Mule Wasihun and Sisay Lemma finished in second and third positions with 2:06:46 and 2:08:04 respectively.


The big pre-race favourite Kenenisa Bekele, who aimed to break the world record of 2:02:57, suffered a major disappointment. Falling right at the start after being tripped from behind he lost contact to the leading group before the 10 k mark. The Ethiopian, who missed the world record by six seconds in Berlin last September, then dropped out at around 23 k and was seen holding his left calf.
In the women's race, Worknesh Degefa beat pre-race favorite Shure Demise, finishing in 2:22:35. Demise was 22 seconds behind in second place. It was Degefa's marathon debut. Like Tola, the 26-year-old won $200,000 for her efforts. The 26 year-old debutant Worknesh Degefa secured her biggest career win. It was an all-Ethiopian podium as well. Shure Demise was second in 2:22:57 and Yebrgual Melese took third with 2:23:13.










The Marathon Course

The Marathon Route will start on the Umm Suqeim Road at the Madinat Jumeirah end turning left onto Al Sufouh running past Dubai College Junction, past the entrance to Palm Island and U turning back at The One & Only Mirage Hotel entrance at Dubai Media City heading back along Al Sufouh onto the Jumeirah Beach Road running past the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

The runners will head up the Jumeirah Beach Road running towards the Union Flag, running past it and U turning at the next junction then heading back along the Jumeirah Beach Road past the Union Flag again. The runners will run back along the Jumeirah Beach Road past the Grand Mosque, the Old Jumeirah Beach Park and head back towards the Burj Al Arab. After passing the Burj Al Arab the runners will turn left at the Madinat Jumeirah junction running on the left side of the road along the Umm Suqueim Road for approx 500 metres to the finish just before the Dubai Police Academy.




Elite Runners Get Added Incentive In Marathon

Earlier this week, Kenenisa Bekele seemed inordinately confident that he could break the world record in tomorrow (Friday) morning’s Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.

Firstly there is his pride in being a multi-medallist and world record holder, who has thus far in his career succeeded in everything he has attempted – except the marathon. That was something he underlined in response to questions yesterday.

Next, there is the considerable incentive of a $200,000 first prize, and a $250,000 bonus should he beat Kenyan Dennis Kimetto’s world mark of 2:02:57. There will be the inevitable pacemakers to help the Ethiopian along.

But Event Director Peter Connerton had added yet another incentive in the shape of a $50,000 bonus for any of Bekele’s rivals (up to five men) who can get under a 2:04 finishing time. That way, he feels, Bekele will be pushed all the way. And of course, Bekele himself can add the $50,000 to his own pot if he wins in sub 2:04.

“Of course, I’ve insured against a world record but when I questioned the underwriters about adding this sub-2.04 bonus incentive, they went away and came back with what I thought was a reasonable additional fee. So I’ve gone for it,” said Connerton.

All that remains is for Bekele and his rivals to do the same. It promises to be quite a race…



 Africa Team





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