Mosinet Geremew and Roza Dereje of Ethiopia broke the course records, in men and women’s titles, respectively, to emerge as the new champions of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2018

By K.R. Nayar (Gulf News) |

DUBAI, UAE―Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia broke the course record to emerge as the new champion of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2018 with a time of 2:04:00. The previous record was held by 2017 Dubai Marathon winner Tamirat Tola Adere from Ethiopia who finished in 2:04:11.

Roza Dereje of Ethiopia too broke the course record in the women race with a timing of 2:19:17. Roza Dereje broke the course record held by 2012 Dubai Marathon winner Aselefech Mergia, also from Ethiopia with a timing of 2:19:31.

No one could take it easy at the end of this one as the prize money drops off tremendously in Dubai: from $200,000 for first to $80,000 for second, then quickly down to $40,000, $20,000, $13,000, and $12,000 for the next four places. The man left holding the short end of the stick was 6th-place finisher Birhanu Legese, who was just 15 seconds from pocketing $200,000, but instead picked up $12,000 — just $1,000 more than 8th-place finisher Yenew Alamirew, who was 4 minutes behind him. The top 10 in this race were all Ethiopian. Video of the finish and results below. Full recap and analysis after brief discussion of women’s race.

In the wheelchair race nine-time world champion and double Paralympic Gold Medalist Marcel Hug of Switzerland emerged as the champion.

Men’s race (All Ethiopians)
1. Mosinet Geremew 2:04:00
2. Leul Gebresilase 2:04:02
3. Tamirat Tola 2:04:06
4. Asefa Mengstu 2:04:06
5. Sisay Lemma 2:04:08

Women’s race (All Ethiopians)
1. Roza Dereje 2:19:17
2. Feyse Tadese 2:19:30
3. Yebrg Melese Arage 2:19:36.

Wheelchair race
1. Marcel Hug (SUI) 1:25:14
2. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (JAP) 1:27:18
3. Ernst van Dyk (RSA) 1:32:14.

Sources: Gulf News and
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