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Ruth Chepng’etich ends Ethiopians dominance at Dubai Marathon

Two time Istanbul marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich ended Ethiopians dominance after winning today’s Dubai Marathon with a new course record as Ethiopians dominated the annual event.

As Emmanuel Kipkemboi Saina was top Kenyan in men’s race finishing 4th in an all Ethiopian podium.

Chepng’etich won the race in a new course record of 2:17.07 becoming the third fastest woman in the history of marathon after Briton Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25) and Kenya’s Mary Keitany (2:17:01).

The kenyan runner edged out favourites Worknesh Debele and Worknesh Gurmesa who finished second and third places clocking 2:17:40 and 2:21:00 respectively.

Making her debut at Dubai, Chepng’etich lost Paris marathon title to compatriot Betsy Saina.

Chepngetich won Istanbul marathon twice in 2017 and 2018  on her 42km distance debut at 2017 Istanbul marathon with a course record of 2:22.36 before defending the title in 2018 and improved to 2:19:35 in 2018.

Running without a coach and club, trains in Ngong, Chepngetich finished 4th at the 2016 Rabat Half Marathon, (1:11:33), second at Standard Chartered Nairobi Half Marathon (1:14:13) won Adana Half Marathon (1:09:06), second at Paris Half Marathon (1:08:08).

Emmanuel Saina was top kenyan runner men’s race behind Ethiopia’s Getaneh Molla who won the men’s race ahead of compatriot’s Herpassa Kitesa Negasa and Asesa Megatsu.

Leading women results

  1. Ruth Chepng’etich- (KEN)- 2:17.07
  2. Worknesh Debele- (ETH)- 2:17.41
  3. Worknesh Edesa (ETH)-2:21.05
  4. Waganesh Amare (ETH)-222.45
  5. Sitayeha Lewetegh (ETH)- 2:25.59

Leading men results

  1. Getane Molla (ETH)-2:03.34
  2. Harpassa Katesa (ETH)-2:03.40
  3. Asesa Negewo (ETH)- 2:04.44
  4. Emmanuel Saina (KEN)-2:05.1
  5. Shitera Aredo (ETH)-2:05.18
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