Ayele Abshero debuts with a sizzling 2:04:23 win in Dubai (Organisers) © Copyright
Ethiopian Ayele Abshero grabbed the win in the men’s contest of this IAAF Silver Label Road Race in a 1:01:11 season’s best. The 2009 World Cross Country champion, who has run a 2:04:23 Marathon this year winning in Dubai, has a personal best of 59:42 from last season.
Kenyan Silas Kipruto, who was fourth at the 2010 World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China, was second in 1:01:47. Moroccan El Hassan Elabbassi took third place in 1:01:57 season’s best.
In the women’s race 25-year-old Kenyan Fyles Ongori took another convincing win clocking 1:11:07 in her second race of the season. Ongori, who was the silver medallist at the 2009 World Half Marathon Championships, has already run a fast 1:08:25 result winning in Berlin earlier this month.
Ethiopian Feysa Tadesse, who finished in fourth place at the 2010 World Half Marathon Championships, was second in 1:11:08. She too has had an impressive start to the season having run a 1:09:15 season’s best in Ras Al Khaimah in February and then a 2:23:26 marathon PB in Seoul in March.
30-year-old Kenyan Alice Mogire just edged Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele for third place. Mogire was timed 1:11:11 in what was already her fourth Half Marathon of the year while Bekele was fourth in a 1:11:15 season’s best finish.
Mirko Jalava for the IAAF
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