Only one moroccan over nine ethiopians in men top10 and all top10 women always from Ethiopia give an idea of the power of AddisAbeba today while disappeared kenyans with 19th placed for Laban Korir in 2h14:13 in men and 19th placed for Lucy Karimi in 2h33.42.
Tsegaye Mekkonen Assefa officially born 1995 so still junior did the world junior record in marathon today:on his OFFICIAL IAAF PROFILE we discover the run in 13:44.43 the final 5000m of Barcellona WorldJuniors champs and last year he ran an halfmarathon in Portugal in Porto with a normal result of 62:41 (HERE that results courtesy of Oscar Fernandez ).Tsegaye Mekkonen is coached by Gemedu Dedefu.
Race started with a crazy 29:04 at 10k even if slower than what Haile Gebresilassie did in 2008 when he went away in same point in a terrific 28:39..
And went away in an impressive 61:37 at half...a really pace for World Record but looked sure too fast to be kept from 14 guys in first leading group.
30km still really fast with an 1h28.16 for a course record with last pacer Edwin Koech finishing his great job today but still 9 athletes all together in the group.
In last 12,195km race became very interesting and more times we saw Tsegaye Mekkonen giving some changes to distance everyone.
Very interesting to give a look to all times every chilometeres to have a more detailed idea and see something special did by this debutant guy...
Lead of race ran 31k in 3.07 and 33k in 3.08 but when Tsegay Mekkoken ecided to move away he was able to run a 3000m from 35k to 38k in 8:37 !!!...something incredible...
Finishline had these results:
Only a consideration to make...all the favourites of the race didn't have a good day and only Markos Geneti was able to confirm what announced before race with a very positive second place in 2h05:13.
Very fun moment when during race and while pushing so fast Tsegaye Mekkoen was able to check guys back...checking time on his chrono and start showing his happiness for the possible winning...maybe a bit early.
I suggest FIRST REPORT by LETSRUN.COM with some interesting considerations and some very good shots from the livestreaming!!
In women Mula Seboka did a great job in second half: she ran 1h14:05 the first half and the second in 1h10:56 going very very determined to catch the title in the world mosty prized race.
Race ran better than men with a pace with more reason helped by a swedish guy as unofficial pacemaker.
Mula Seboka ran today her 30th marathon in career with probably the best right today.
Time of Tsegaye Mekkonen is the fastest for a 18years old,previously this kind of record was held by Eric Ndiema who ran 2h06:07 in Amsterdam 2011.
Tsegaye Mekkonen ran the fourth fastest debut in marathon in history and only
-2h03:06 Moses Mosop Boston 2011
-2h04:16 Dennis Kimetto Berlin 2012
-2h04:23 Ayele Abshero Dubai 2013
ran better than him at the beginning!!!
OFFICIAL PRESS NEWS FROM ORGANIZERS:
Ethiopian CLEAN SWEEP AT standard chartered dubai marathon
- world junior record for DEBUT BOY MEKONNEN -
Dubai (UAE): For the third year in a row, a marathon ‘new boy’ won the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon as teenager Tsegaye Mekonnen led an Ethiopian whitewash in the emirate yesterday (Friday)
The 18 year-old caused a major surprise, running 2h:04m:32s in his first marathon, to break the unofficial World Junior Record by 95 seconds and record the second fastest time ever seen in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.
The second and third placed athletes also achieved world-class times of sub 2:06 with fellow Ethiopians Markos Geneti and Girmay Birhanu finishing in 2:05:13 and 2:05:49 respectively.
As expected the women’s race was also dominated by Ethiopians, who took the first nine places. Surprisingly Mula Seboka beat favourites Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu to romp home in 2:25:01 and collect the US$200,000 first prize. Melkamu followed in second place with 2:25:23, Firehiwot Dado was third in 2:25:53 with Hailu fourth in 2:26:20.
“The pace was changing a lot during the first half and I think with an even pace I could have run faster,” said Tsegaye Mekonnen. “But of course I’m very happy and proud of my performance. I had no idea about the World Junior Record so this is a bonus for me.”
The men’s race began very fast with split times that were well inside the world record of 2:03:23 established by Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang in Berlin in 2013. A group of around 20 athletes passed 10km in 29:14 and then reached the half way mark in 61:37.
However at that stage the pace had already dropped to around 2m:58s to 3m per kilometre. This was not fast enough for Kipsang’s world record which was soon out of reach.
However, with a new unofficial World Junior Record (the IAAF does not not officially list junior records for the marathon) and the second best time for the event in fifteen years, the men’s race once again underlined the pace of what is one of the fastest courses in world marathon running.
For Seboka, who finished 11th in Dubai two years ago and subsequently outside of the money, the richest prize available in international marathon running will make a huge difference.
“I will partly use this to support my parents and some poor people back home,” said the diminutive Ethiopian. “I will have to speak to my husband about what we do with the other part of it.”
In the 10km Road Race, victory in the men’s division went to John Ndugu of Kenya (28m:56s) with Feysa Dejene Amosha of Ethiopia in second (28m:58s) and Ihya Ben-Youssef of Morocco in third (29m:32s). The women’s race saw victory go to Gladys Jemaiyo (33m:40s) of Kenya as her compatriot Sheila Jeptoo Rono (35m:03s) and Selam Wale Mihret of Ethiopia (35m:44s) claimed second and third respectively.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council and supported by the Dubai Sports Council, Adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Masafi, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police, the RTA and Dubai Municipality, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon saw the trophies presented by a host of dignitaries.
Leading the presentation party was HH Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman Dubai Culture & Art Authority with HE Mattar Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, Ahmed Al Kamali, President of the UAE Athletics Federation and IAAF Council Member, and Jonathan Morris, Standard Chartered Bank CEO UAE.
Result - Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Men
1. Tsegaye Mekonnen ETH 2:04:32
2. Markos Geneti ETH 2:05:13
3. Girmay Birhanu ETH 2:05:49
4. Tamirat Tola ETH 2:06:17
5. Azmeraw Bekele ETH 2:07:12
6. Shumi Dechase ETH 2:07:13
7. Abrha Milaw ETH 2:07:46
8. Abera Kassw ETH 2:08:18
9. Abdeimounaim Harroufi USA 2:09:11
10. Belachew Alemay ETH 2:09:50
Result - Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Women
1. Mula Seboka ETH 2:25:01
2. Meselech Melkamu ETH 2:25:23
3. Firehiwot Dado ETH 2:25:53
4. Meseret Hailu ETH 2:26.20
5. Betelhem Moges ETH 2:26:42
6. Amane Gobena ETH 2:27:05
7. Fantu Eticha ETH 2:27.36
8. Goitetom Haftu ETH 2:27:44
9. Sechale Dalasa ETH 2:27:47
10. Sultan Haydar TUR 2:27:54
(REPORT TO BE UPDATED DURING DAY ) !!!