Ethiopia’s Abshero scorches to Dubai marathon win

(AFP) – Jan 27, 2012

Ayele Abshero won the race in a record time of 2hr 04min 23sec (AFP)DUBAI — Ethiopian Ayele Abshero ran the fourth fastest time ever in winning the Dubai marathon here on Friday.

Abshero, who has just turned 21, also clocked the fastest winning debut in history, taking the title in an event record time of 2hr 04min 23sec.

Abshero, the 2009 junior cross-country World Champion, led an Ethiopian podium sweep with Dino Sefir in second (2:04:50) and Markos Geneti third (2:04:54).

Kenyan Jonathon Maiyo finished fourth in 2:04:56, but he was the only non-Ethiopian in the top 10, most of whom set personal bests.

Pre-race favourite Martin Lel dropped off the lead group before the 30km mark, but soldiered on to finish 35th in 2:34:57.

“I thought I could run 2:04 today,” said Abshero, who collected $250,000 in prize money.

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