By: Haileegziabher Adhanom, ESJA & AIPS Member, Ethiopia
Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2019 This year marks that, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, reaches a milestone by celebrating its 20th year’s anniversary, when it stages the 2019 edition of the event, this coming Friday (January 25). The Ethiopian trio of Guye Adola, Workinesh Degefa and Lemi Birahnu reaffirm the media, that, they are here to defend the legacy by dominating the podium once again, they also speaks about their preparations and readiness to grab the top spot, in the official pre-event press conference held at the Hilton hotel, earlier today.
Guye, 28, the fastest man in the field, with his un official Marathon debut record time of 02:03:46, the time which he registered, when he came second to the eventual winner and world record holder, Eliud kipchoge, at the 2017 Berlin Marathon. Said” I have been struggling with a leg injury since then, but now, I am fully recovered, feel very good and I am here to do all my best to win it.”
Another Ethiopian athlete, who is very familiar with the race’s podium, and one of the favorites to win this year’s race Lemi Berhanu, after he won the 2015 edition of the race and came second the following year’s. Speaks that, he will not rely on his past success and regretting on his failure, but he is here to compete, fully aware and concentrating on the top-level competition awaiting him on Friday.
The 2017 Dubai Marathon winner, Workinesh Degefa, who is just overcoming her injury recently, to compete only on her third Marathon on January 25, also stressed that she is looking adamant to reclaim her top spot, after missing the podium by finishing fourth, (02:19:53) last year, she also expressesd, that she had been preparing very well for the event.
Getaneh Molla, who is here to make his debut on the classic race, admires that, the Dubai Marathon offers a very good platform, for so many young athletes as well as, for those who wants to switch from the track, to try their luck if they can make it in marathon. Because of its flat and welcoming environment, and its history of opening the doors for many debutants, is a great testimony and I hope mine will be the same to those who kicked off very well.
Their nemesis from Kenya and Switzerland’s Tadesse Abraham, who is aiming to smash Mo Farah’s European Record, (02:05:11), are believed to be the main challengers for Ethiopian Athletes, but anyone simply can tell that, there is a huge amount of confidence, from the Ethiopian camp.