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Desisa, Geremew top ’em all in men’s marathon

Just four seconds separated the Ethiopian compatriots at the finish line with Desisa clocking a season's best 2hr10min 40sec.
Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa And Mosinet Geremew Celebrate After Finishing First And Second Respectively In The Men's Marathon At The Iaaf World Championships In Doha On Saturday Night
Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa and Mosinet Geremew celebrate after finishing first and second respectively in the men’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Doha on Saturday night. Photo: Getty Images for IAAF

Lelisa Desisa and Mosinet Geremew continued the Ethiopian legacy in long-distance running as they finished first and second respectively in the men’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Doha on Saturday night.

Just four seconds separated the compatriots at the finish line with Desisa clocking a season’s best 2hr10min 40sec and Geremew finishing just behind.

Kenya’s Amos Kipruto, who finished in 2:10:51, claimed the bronze.

Desisa and Geremew were bunched together with a group of runners who kept themselves within striking distance of leader Derlys Ayala of Paraguay nearing the half-way mark on Doha’s Corniche Street.

The Ethiopian duo seemed to have kept enough energy as they began their push for glory with about one kilometer to go for the finish.

Lelisa Desisa Of Ethiopia Crosses The Finish Line To Win The Mens Marathon Gold In Doha On Saturday
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men’s marathon gold in Doha on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images for IAAF

They slowly caught up with Kenya’s Amos Kipruto and Britain’s Callum Hawkins, who had by then joined the leading group.  There was a keen tussle for supremacy at this stage, but Desisa and Geremew left others in their wake and ran away with the top honours.

Kipruto had to settle for the bronze while Hawkins (2:0.57) finished fourth, a repeat of his performance at the 2017 World Championships in London.

“It was hot, but I prepared perfectly for this race,” said Desisa, who won the New York City Marathon last year. “I’m very tired. But after I took silver in Moscow, this time I kept my power better.”