David Barmasai Braves Headwinds To Win In Dubai

David Barmasai is now $250,000 richer. Photo: IAAF
David Barmasai is now $250,000 richer. Photo: IAAF

Both the male and female winners walked away with $250,000.

A relatively unknown Kenyan was victorious in Friday’s Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. David Barmasai weathered strong headwinds in the second half of the race and broke the finish-line tape in 2:07:18.

At the beginning of the race, the lead pack went out with the intention of breaking Haile Gebrselassie’s world record (2:03:59). By the half, not including pacemaker Stephen Kibet, the race was between Barmasai and pre-race favorite Eliud Kiptanui.

The race was ultimately decided shortly after the 30K mark when Kiptanui dropped out, clutching his side.

“I was afraid of Kiptanui, I was surprised to leave him behind, I thought he’ll come again later. Then I looked for him, and couldn’t see him. It was tough finding myself alone after 30km, and at 35km the wind was really affecting me. But I’m happy to win on my first trip outside my country,” recalled Barmasai.

In the women’s race, Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia won in 2:22:45 (five seconds short of her PR).

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