Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 31 March 2020

Ethiopia dominates Dubai Marathon: Worknesh Degefa continues great form on record-breaking day

Degefa wins women's title while Ethiopia's Olika Adugna Bikila clinches men's crown

Ethiopians dominated the field once again at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday.

Worknesh Degefa continued her great form in Dubai as she clinched the women’s title with a time of 2:19.37, while in the men’s section Olika Adugna Bikila emerged victorious with a time of 2:06.15 in a strong field featuring major city marathon winners and athletes with more than 35 international wins between them.

Degefa was in her elements at her favourite hunting ground. The 29-year-old set a personal best while finishing second last year. Before that, Degefa won in 2017 and finished fourth a year later in Dubai. On Friday, Degefa made an aggressive start before settling in for a comfortable win by 33 seconds.

The men’s section saw a thrilling finale as 11 runners finished the marathon with a time of two hours and six minutes. It was the most in any marathon in history, according to letsrun.com.

All top 11 runners ran in a packed lead bunch and it was Bikila who secured victory and the winner’s cheque of $100,000 (Dh367,000).

Updated: January 24, 2020 01:15 PM

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