The Ethiopian win streak continued at the Dubai marathon with victories for Olika Adugna (2:06:15) and Worknesh Degefa (2:19:38) | OROMIYAA TIMES
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The Ethiopian win streak continued at the Dubai marathon with victories for Olika Adugna (2:06:15) and Worknesh Degefa (2:19:38)

DUBAI MARATHON 24/01/2020

The Ethiopian win streak continued at the Dubai marathon with victories for Olika Adugna (2:06:15) and Worknesh Degefa (2:19:38)

The men’s race was really uncertain with a dozen men still together in the last kilometer. Two debutants eventually finished first and second as Olika Adugna was able to respond to Eric Kiptanui’s move and edge the Kenyan for the victory.

  • Olika Adugna was 5th of the 10000m at the 2018 World u20 championships in Tampere in 28:39:67 and has a PB of 61:43 in the marathon (Boulogne Billancourt)
  • Eric Kiptanui has a 58:42 PB in the half-marathon (Berlin 2018)

Worknesh Degefa’s victory was never in doubt. The 2019 Boston marathon winner led from the start to finish, running on her own after dropping her pacemaker around km22-23 The Ethiopian claimed her second victory in Dubai (she already won in 2017) improving on her second place from last year.

MEN

  1. Olika Adugna Bikila ETH 2:06:15
  2. Eric Kiptanui KEN 2:06:17
  3. Tsedat Abeje Ayana ETH 2:06:17
  4. Lencho Tesfaye Anbessa ETH 2:06:18
  5. Yitayal Atnafu ETH 2:06:21
  6. Yihunilign Adame Amsalu ETH 2:06:22
  7. Aychew Bantie Dessie ETH 2:06:23
  8. Seifu Tura Abdiwak 2:06:26
  9. Chalu Deso Gelmisa ETH 2:06:29
  10. Zewudu Hailu Bekele 2:06:31
  11. Beshah Yerssie Eskezia ETH 2:06:34
  12. Zelalem Bacha Regasa 2:07:09
  13. Balew Yihunie Derseh ETH 2:07:26
  14. Abdi Fufa Nigassa ETH 2:07:51
  15. Tadu Abata Deme ETH 2:08:54
  16. Belay Asefa Bedada ETH 2:09:11
  17. Tigabu Gebremariam ETH 2:10:15
  18. Limenih Getachez Yizengaw ETH 2:10:26
  19. Abe Gashahun Tilahun ETH 2:11:02
  20. Dejene Faye Tiki ETH 2:12:08

WOMEN

  1. Worknesh Degefa Debele ETH 2:19:38
  2. Guteni Shone Amana ETH 2:20:11
  3. Bedatu Hirpa Badane ETH 2:21:55
  4. Tigist Abayechew Jabore ETH 2:22:45
  5. Dera Dida Yami ETH 2:22:52
  6. Hawi Feysa Gejia ETH 2:23:36
  7. Bezunesh Deba Dejene ETH 2:26:59
  8. Obse Abdeta ETH 2:29:30
  9. Buze Diriba Kejela ETH 2:30:18
  10. Risper Biyaki Gesabwa MEX 2:30:59
  11. Tigist Teshome Ayanu ETH 2:32:05
  12. Yenenesh Tilahun Dinkesa ETH 2:32:48

? Khaleej Times / Neeraj Murali

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