25 Jan '13, 4pm

Five Break 2:05 at Dubai Marathon

Five Break 2:05 at Dubai Marathon

Two things one can always count on at the Dubai Marathon are that there will be Ethiopians, and that they will be extremely fast. Much of Ethiopia’s 2012 Olympic marathon contingent was selected from last year’s Dubai race, and the country would have plenty of impressive pickings if it were to use that method to pick this summer’s world championships team. As the IAAF reports , Friday’s Dubai Marathon was the first in history in which five men broke 2:05, and the first four of those were Ethiopians, led by Lelisa Desisa ’s 2:04:45. The first six finishers in the women’s race, won by Tirfi Beyene in 2:23:23, were Ethiopians. Desisa, 23, has run 27:18 for 10,000 meters and regularly runs sub-60:00 half marathons; in Dubai, he was racing 26.2 miles for the first time. His track speed may have been the difference for him in a race that came down to the final 200 meters before ...

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