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Debutant Bikila wins Dubai Marathon, takes home $100k prize

Ethiopians dominated the 21st edition of the race on Friday, with 10 of the top 11 finishers

Debutant Bikila wins Dubai Marathon, takes home $100k prize

Debutant Olika Adugna Bikila, centre, won the men's Dubai Marathon on Friday.

Debutant Olika Adugna Bikila won the men's Dubai Marathon on Friday as the top 11 runners finished the race inside two hours and seven minutes.

Ethiopians dominated the 21st edition of the race, with 10 of the top 11 finishers.

Heading into the final kilometre, Bikila produced a late charge to cross the line in 2:06.15, 0.02 seconds ahead of Kenyan Eric Kiprono Kiptanui, to collect the winner's cheque of $100,000.

Boston Marathon winner Worknesh Degefa Debele of Ethiopia won the women's race with a time of 2:19.38 after finishing second in the race last year. The women's winner also took home$100,000.

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