The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has impressively confirmed its position as one of the fastest races in the world. Winning times of 2:05:28 from Lemi Berhanu and 2:20:02 by fellow-Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia are both world-class. While hopes for course bests did not quite materialise other records on this superflat course in Dubai were broken on Friday. In the past few years usually the men’s race produced unique performances. However this time it was the turn of the women.
A world junior record was also broken on Friday. Fourth placed Shure Demise of Ethiopia clocked 2:20:59. Her coach Renato Canova later confirmed that he had checked her passport which states she was born in 1996. The youngster improved the old mark by more than one and a half minutes. China’s Yingying Zhang was the former record holder with a time of 2:22:38 from Xiamen in 2008.
The international athletics federation IAAF does not officially list world junior records, but among road running organisations they are a common feature. Dubai now holds both world junior records. A year ago Ethiopian junior Tsegaye Mekonnen won the race with 2:04:32.
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