Desisa Wins Dubai Marathon

Lelisa Desisa celebrates at the finish in Dubai. Photo: IAAF

It was a banner day for Ethiopians last Friday.

Lelisa Desisa prevailed at the 16th edition of the Dubai Marathon on January 25. The Ethiopian, who was running 26.2 miles for the first time, came across the finish line in 2:04:45–good for the 13th-fastest time in history.

The race was a close one with the 23-year-old only able to get away from rivals Berhanu Shiferaw and Tadese Tola in the final 200 meters.

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“I tried to push the pace at 38K,” Desisa said, “but the others responded strongly so I decided to wait until the end. I have a good sprint and I was confident that it would win me the race. I had aimed for 2:06 for my debut, but when I saw the time at the finish I was shocked. If I can find a similarly good course, and my coach agrees, maybe next time I can go for the world record.”

In the women’s race, Tirfi Tsgaye of Ethiopia broke the tape first in 2:23:23.

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