Ethiopian Athletes Storm Dubai Marathon


Ethiopia Athlete Getaneh Molla wins Dubai Marathon Friday registering the best time in Dubai Marathon history 2 hours, three minutes and thirty-four seconds (2:03:34).

He was followed by two Ethiopian athletes, Hirpassa Negasso and Assefa Mengistu. In addition, the Ethiopian athletes have also scored good results. Those who finished the race 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th are all Ethiopians.

In September 2014 Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge set new world marathon record in Berlin finishing the race 2:02:57. The second world’s best marathon time is set by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia registered 2:03:03 in Berlin in 2016.

I women category in Dubai Marathon a Kenyan athlete, Ruth, has won today’s race bringing back her country to victory at Dubai Marathon after five years.

Ruth is followed by seven Ethiopian athletes: Werkinesh Degeffa, Werkinesh Edossa, Waganesh Mengasha, Sititayehu Lewutegnn, Rahma Tussa, Muluhabt Tsega and Sule Utura who respectively finished the race from 2nd to 8th.

Ethiopian athletes storm Dubai Marathon
Ethiopian athletes storm Dubai Marathon

The first marathon commemorated the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield near the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. According to legend, Pheidippides ran the approximately 25 miles to announce the defeat of the Persians to some anxious Athenians.

When one thinks about the modern history of marathon two icons are always remembered: Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia and Paula Radcliffe of Britain.

Abebe Bikila
A member of the Imperial Bodyguard, Bekele was a last-minute addition to the Ethiopian team but caused a sensation by running barefoot through the streets of Rome and winning gold, the first sub-Saharan African to do so, at the 1960 Olympic Games.

Four years later he retained the title, this time wearing shoes. On both occasions, he clocked world best times. He was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame in 2012.

Paula Radcliffe
After a successful track and cross country career, the British runner moved up to the marathon in 2002 and set a scintillating world record of 2:15:25 at the 2003 London Marathon.

She also won the 2005 world title and triumphed in a number of other big city marathons in New York and Chicago. Only an Olympic medal has eluded her.


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