Getaneh Molla and Ruth Chepngetich set new best times in the 20th edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai
Debutant Getaneh Molla and Ruth Chepngetich won the 20th edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon with course record runs.
Ethiopia’s Molla clocked 2:03:34, achieving the first sub 2:04 time in Dubai and improving the former course record by 26 seconds. He also became the sixth fastest marathon runner ever.
Second-placed Herpassa Negasa also ran sub 2:04 with 2:03:40, which made him the eighth fastest runner in history.
In the women’s race, Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich achieved the third fastest time in history with 2:17:08.
Only Britain’s world record holder Paula Radcliffe and Kenya’s Mary Keitany have ever run faster with 2:15:25 and 2:17:01 respectively.
The 24-year-old Chepngetich smashed the course record by more than two minutes while second-placed Worknesh Degefa broke the Ethiopian record with a time of 2:17:41.