Ethiopian runner Getaneh Molla broke the course record at Dubai Marathon and clocked the fastest debut marathon in history. Ethiopian athletes dominated both on both men and women’s categories.

DUBAI (EthiopiaOnline)―Ethiopian athlete Getaneh Molla broke the course record to emerge as the winner of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon clocking a finishing time of 2:03:34. The previous record (time: 2:04:00) was held by another Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew in 2018. Another Ethiopian strongman Herpassa Negasa was just six second late so as to finish the race second.

Ethiopians dominated both women and men categories, with the exception of Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich who won the women’s title clocking 2:17:07. Ruth Chepngetich also broke the course record in the women’s race with her clocking time., which was held by Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje (time: 2:19:17) in the 2018 edition. Chepngetich’s nearest challenger, Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa, was 34 seconds adrift in second spot.

The 2019 Dubai Marathon Winners

Men’s Title
1. Getaneh Molla Tamire (ETH) 2:03:34
2. Herpassa Negasa Kitesa (ETH) 2:03:40
3. Asefa Mengstu Negewo (ETH) 2:04:24

Women’s Title
1. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:17:07
2. Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 2:17:41
3. Worknesh Edesa (ETH) 2:21:05

Since at least 2012, the Dubai Marathon, first held in 2000, has enjoyed the distinction of having the richest prize purse of any marathon in the world, rewarding the winner with $200,000 USD. (From 2008 to 2012, it was $250,000.) As a result, it has attracted the top competitors and resulted in some of the highest numbers of crazy fast finishes in marathon history. This year, however it has reduced the total prize money offered by more than half. Why? Because the IAAF has refused to grant it the prestigious platinum label status.

According to a story on, this year’s prize money for the top four positions has been reduced by half, and fifth through 10th place by $7,500 each (representing a 62 to 75 per cent drop for those finishers). Male and female finishers receive the same prize money.

The sticking point, according to race director Peter Connerton, was the minimum 15,000 finishers to be granted the coveted platinum label, a number Dubai cannot claim. (Marathon organizations must meet a long list of qualifications to be granted platinum, gold, silver or bronze-label status by the IAAF, of which the minimum number of finishers is only one.) Read more at Canadian Running Magazine.

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