Thursday, February 22, 2024

Ethiopia’s Tigist Ketema wins Dubai Marathon in quickest debut ever


On Sunday morning two marathon debutants beaten the Dubai Marathon, with Tigist Ketema blasting to the end in 2:16:07, successful the race within the quickest debut marathon ever. At the males’s aspect, 19-year-old Addisu Gobena won in 2:05:01.

Dubai Marathon is famend for its tremendous flat path, and Ketema bested the path listing by way of over a minute. Ketema, 25, had prior to now been an 800m specialist and had by no means competed at any distance farther than 10K. She used to be the bronze medalist within the 800 on the 2016 Global Juniors, and now strikes to 8th at the international’s all-time checklist.

For Ketema, the victory used to be surprising, making an allowance for her preliminary reservations about transitioning to the marathon: “I used to be moderately worried in regards to the distance ahead of my first marathon, however now, I’m wondering why,” she instructed press post-race with a grin. 18-months in the past Ketema’s time would have additionally scored her an Ethiopian listing. Nonetheless, she is now 3rd on her nation’s all-time checklist in the back of international record-holder Tigist Assefa and international champion Amane Beriso.

Fellow Ethiopians Ruti Aga and protecting champion Dera Dida took 2nd and 3rd puts with 2:18:09 and a couple of:19:29 respectively. Fourth-placed Melat Kejeta of Germany, in her first race after having a kid, ran 2:21:47 and certified for the 2024 Paris Olympic Video games.

Youngster Addisu Gobena additionally claimed victory, clocking an outstanding 2:05:01 within the males’s class. The nineteen-year-old Ethiopian junior outran compatriots Lemi Dumecha and Dejene Megersa, each debutants on the distance, secured 2nd and 3rd puts in 2:05:20 and a couple of:05:42 respectively. 5th-placed Samuel Fitwi, representing Germany, additionally ran a private perfect and certified for the 2024 Paris Olympic Video games in 2:06:27.

In the beginning a javelin thrower, Gobena shifted to working at the recommendation of his aunt simply two years in the past. He started coaching along with her, and found out his skill for distance working, telling press after the race: “I believe I made the appropriate resolution.”


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