Friday, January 20, 2017

Ethiopia's Tola and Debele win Dubai Marathon, get honoured

(DUBAI Jan 20, (Reuters))--Tamirat Tola led Ethiopia's clean sweep at the Dubai Marathon on Friday after men's pre-race favourite Kenenisa Bekele retired injured.

Tola won the men's race in two hours four minutes and eleven seconds, setting a new course record and personal best, ahead of fellow Ethiopian's Mule Wasihun and Sisay Lemma in second and third place respectively.
Tola said through an interpreter after the race he was a "little upset" he did not run under 2:04:00 and that he would now switch attention to winning gold in the 10,000 metres at the World Championships in London in August.
Tola had won Bronze in the 10,000 metres at the Rio Olympics last year. Triple Olympic champion Bekele withdrew during the race after injuring himself in a fall shortly after the start. Manager Jos Hermens, who directed blame towards the organisers, said Bekele fell because of a surge from behind and that there should have been a gap between elite athletes and other runners. Read more from Reuters »

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