Athletics: New Marathon Upset For Middle Distance Legend Bekele

Athletics: New marathon upset for middle distance legend Bekele

DUBAI, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 20th Jan, 2017 ) - middle distance legend Kenenisa Bekele, who was aiming to add the marathon world record to his 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres records, limped out of the Dubai event on Friday after a fall. The Ethiopian, who missed the world record by six seconds in Berlin last September, fell right at the start after being tripped from behind. He lost contact with the leading group before the 10 kilometre mark and then dropped out at around 23 kilometres and was seen holding his left calf.

But Bekele's disappointment did not prevent a clean sweep for Ethiopia which took the top three positions in both men's and women's events. In the men's event, Tamirat Tola, 25, won with a course record of 2:04:11, improving his personal best by more than two minutes. Fellow Ethiopians Mule Wasihun and Sisay Lemma finished in second and third positions with 2:06:46 and 2:08:04 respectively. The women's event saw another upset with 26-year-old Worknesh Degefa winning in a time of 2:22:36 in her very first marathon. Compatriots Shure Demise and Yebrgual Melese took the other podium places with times of 2:22:57 and 2:23:13.