The wee hours of Friday morning witnessed two course records being made in the 20 years history of Dubai Marathon.
Ethiopia’s Getaneh Tamire Molla broke the course record with a timing of 2:03:34 (the previous record was of 2:04:00) to emerge as the winner for the men’s title.
Whereas Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya conquered the women’s race with a time of 2:17:08, breaking the previous timing of 2:19:17 by Roza Dereje of Ethiopia in the 2018 event. She has now become the third fastest in the history of women’s marathon
1. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2019 was a hoot
Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich came first in the women’s #Dubai Marathon race with a time of 2:17:07, breaking the record of Roza Dereje (2:19:17) in the 2018 edition.
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It has been 20 years since the Dubai Marathon was first started and the event has only gone from strength to strength ever since its inception.
2. From just 100 people taking part two decades ago, the marathon participants have increased exponentially with nearly 30,000 people taking part this year
More than 30,000 world-class runners are set to descend on Dubai for the 20th edition of the annual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon- the world’s richest road race. Check out Dubai Calendar now for more information.
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