Tigist Ketema clocked an unofficial world record debut at the Dubai Marathon, finishing in a fantastic time of 2:16:07. Running 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.

There was a unique double debutants’ triumph since Addisu Gobena stormed to victory. The 19 year-old Ethiopian junior clocked 2:05:01 to secure the winners’ prize of 80,000 US Dollar. Fellow-Ethiopians Lemi Dumecha and Dejene Megersa, another debutant, followed in second and third spots with 2:05:20 and 2:05:42. Fifth placed German Samuel Fitwi smashed his personal best and qualified for the Olympic Games with 2:06:27.