Ethiopian athletes Dereje Debele Tulu, Dereje Urgecha Beyecha and Asefa Legese Bekele took the top titles of men’s category on the Dublin City Marathon 2016.

DUBLIN, Ireland (RTÉ)―Dereje Debele Tulu claimed victory in the 2016 Dublin City Marathon as Ethiopian runners dominated the race.

Dereje Debele Tulu headed an Ethiopian 1-2-3 finish, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:12:08, ahead of compatriots Dereje Urgecha Beyecha and Asefa Legese Bekele who were second and third respectively.

Sergiu Ciobanu, who was controversially overlooked for the Irish Olympic team in favor of Paul Pollock despite a faster qualifying time this summer, was the first Irish athlete home, finishing in seventh place in a time of 2:17:39.

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Sean Hehir was one place behind Ciobanu in eighth in a time of 2:18:45, while Gary O’Hanlon finished 12th and David Mansield was 15th, ensuring that Ireland was well represented in the top 15.

Helalia Johannes of Namibia took the gold medal in the women’s race with a late surge to overhaul Ethiopia’s Ehite Gebireyes and finish in a time of 2:32:32, just one second ahead of Ehite Gebireyes in a thrilling finish.

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