Ethiopian Tigist Ketema Breaks Debut World Record In Dubai

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Ethiopian Tigist Ketema Breaks Debut World Record In Dubai

Former Under-20 World Athletics bronze medallist Tigist Ketema of Ethiopia won the 2024 Dubai Marathon on her debut in a record time of 2 hours 16:07 minutes on Sunday.

In an event staged under the auspices of the Dubai Sports Council and run on Dubai’s renowned super flat course that mainly stretches on Jumeirah Beach Road, the 25 year-old Ethiopian became the eighth fastest women in marathon history.

 

She also smashed the Dubai course record, improving the mark by 61 seconds. In very good weather conditions fellow-Ethiopians Ruti Aga and defending champion Dera Dida took second and third places with 2:18:09 and 2:19:29 respectively. Fourth placed German Melat Kejeta ran 2:21:47 and qualified for the Olympic Games

 

In the men’s event, there was a unique double debutants’ triumph as 19-year-old Addisu Gobena stormed to victory in 2:05:01 to secure the winners’ trophy. Fellow-Ethiopians Lemi Dumecha and Dejene Megersa, another debutant, followed in second and third spots in 2:05:20 and 2:05:42 respectively. Fifth placed German Samuel Fitwi smashed his personal best and also qualified for the Olympic Games with 2:06:27.


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