For tenacity, Worknesh Degefa was the star of the show in the 21st anniversary race of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, a World Athletics Gold Label road race on Friday (24), the Ethiopian enduring mid-race physical problems to clock 2:19:38 and win the women’s race. But for sheer opportunism, debutants Olika Adugna of Ethiopia and Eric Kiptanui of Kenya carried the day, outwitting the tried and tested marathoners, to finish first and second in the men’s race, in 2:06:15 and 2:06:17.
John Hancock and the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) today announced the elite international fields for the Boston Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Label road race, on 20 April.
Ethiopian record-holder Worknesh Degefa will target a second victory at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, while compatriots Soloman Deksisa and Seifu Tura lead a strong men's field for the World Athletics Gold Label road race on Friday (24).
Worknesh Degefa and Lawrence Cherono won the 2019 Boston Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Monday (15th) with utterly different race strategies. Degefa, running her first Boston, pulled away from the pack after the 5km mark and ran alone for two hours to the finish, winning in 2:23:31. Cherono ran defensively and only seized the lead from two-time Boston champion Lelisa Desisa in the last strides of the race, his clocking of 2:07:57 to Desisa’s 2:07:59 not really capturing how close their finish actually was.
Former champions Lemi Berhanu and Worknesh Degefa will be among the elite line-up when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon celebrates its 20th edition on the streets of the UAE on 25 January.
Defending Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon champions Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa will face a powerful elite field of Olympians and major city marathon winners with more than 40 international titles between them when they line up for the IAAF Gold Label road race on Friday (26).
Since winning the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in 2015, Josphat Kiprop Kiptis hasn’t triumphed in any other race. But the Kenyan returned to the IAAF Gold Label road race on Saturday (24) to regain his title in 1:01:50 in unfavourably warm conditions.
Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia broke the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon course record on Friday (20), clocking 2:04:11 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, while compatriot Worknesh Degefa made it a sixth consecutive Ethiopian double by winning the women’s race in 2:22:36.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge made a triumphant return to racing barely three months after taking the Olympic marathon title when he won the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, on Sunday (20), clocking 59:44.
Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa will defend their Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon titles at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in the Czech capital on Saturday (2).