DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Ethiopia ruled the Dubai Marathon on Friday, its men taking the four top spots and its women capturing the top six.
Lelisa Desisa won the men’s race by three seconds in his marathon debut, overtaking Berhanu Shiferaw in the final half mile. He finished in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 45 seconds. Tadese Tola was third and Endeshaw Negesse fourth.
Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:23:23, with Kiros Reda 16 seconds behind. They were followed by compatriots Amane Gobena, Aheza Kiros, Belaynesh Oljira and Shitaye Bedasa.
Desisa was among six runners following Shiferaw most of the race. The pack was reduced from 10 to six after 20 miles and Desisa moved past Shiferaw with about a half mile left. He extended his lead with 200 yards to go and won by three seconds.
Desisa was 22 seconds off last year’s race record.