[dehai-news] (dubaicityguide.com) Eritrea’s Habtai Kifletsion wins 10km race in Dubai

New Message Reply About this list Date view Thread view Subject view Author view

From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Fri Jan 16 2009 - 09:12:32 EST

"Edging the honours in the men's 10km was Eritrea's Habtai Kifetsion who
clocked the same time as Moussie Weldemichael (30m:12s) with Othmane Chaibi
of Marocco third in 30m:32s."

16 January 2009
Gebrselassie Wins Rain-Lashed Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Haile Gebrselassie won a rain-soaked Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
yesterday (Friday) storming home in a time of 2h:05m:29s - over a minute
outside of his own world record but still the eighth fastest time ever.

The flying Ethiopian went into the race with high hopes of breaking the
2h:03m:59s world record he set last year in Berlin.

But a torrential downpour late into the race and a slight headwind on the
return leg along the Beach Road put paid to his record chances, despite a
blistering first half that was 20 seconds inside world record pace

"When conditions get like this and you see the rain, you don't think about
records only about doing the best you can," admitted Gebrselassie after
finishing over two minutes ahead of runner-up Deressa Edae Chimsa
(2h:07m:54s). "But there are always positives and this is my best ever time
in conditions like these."

Despite missing out on the US$ 1 million world record bonus on offer from
Dubai Holding, Gebrselassie collected a cheque for US$ 250,000 and the
winner's trophy from Mattar Al Tayer, Vice President of Dubai Sports
Council. Making it an Ethiopian clean sweep in third place was Eshetu
Wendimu in a time of 2h:08m:41s.

Although Gebrselassie put a brave face on failing to beat his world best,
there is no doubt he came into the race confident of what would have been
world record number 27.

The early splits were good. Geb had indicated that a half marathon mark of
61m:45s would see him bang on record pace and at the half way point the time
was exactly that, the pacemakers keeping the legendary runner on course some
20 seconds ahead of his record time.
Unfortunately, the head wind took its toll over the closing 10km, while his
troubles increased with a torrential downpour that followed him all the way
to the 2,000 cheering Ethiopians gathered at the finish line.

"The weather was not good to the spectators but still the sang to me as I
came to the end of the race and I thank them for that," added Gebrselassie.
"I have no complaints today - the race organisation was fantastic but it was
not to be."

Making it an Ethiopian double, the diminutive Bezunesh Bekele claimed the
Women's US$ 250,000 first prize in a time of 2h:24m:02s, with compatriot
Atsede Habtamu Besuye in second (2h:25m:17s) and Kenya's Helena Kirop in
third (2h:25m:35s).

Sponsored by Standard Chartered for the past five years and held under the
patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President,
Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon saw
around 10,000 runners take to the streets of Dubai for the Marathon, the
10km and the 3km Fun Run.

Edging the honours in the men's 10km was Eritrea's Habtai Kifetsion who
clocked the same time as Moussie Weldemichael (30m:12s) with Othmane Chaibi
of Marocco third in 30m:32s.

In the women's event, Emma Philips of Great Britain took first place in
37m:25s, more than two minutes ahead of Finland's Anne Mari Hyrylainen
(40m:12s) with Australian Amanda Peters in third in 41m:31s.

"Haile has again shown what a great champion he is," said Event Director
Peter Connerton. "The weather was terrible over the last portion of the race
yet he still set the eighth fastest time in history - and the top three
times are his already. I'm sure we all look forward to seeing him come back
and win the Dubai event for a third time in a row."

PUMA once again helped to encourage all the runners by drawing crowds to the
PUMA Turn at the half-way point of race. The spirits of the runners were
kept sky high as they were met with cheerleaders, music and crowds of
supporters to push them on to the second half of the run, while PUMA's focus
on encouraging women to participate was well received at the Puma Women's
Marquee, where all female runners received free pampering treatments.
One female who captured the imagination was Jordanian Abeer Alsharif of the
Achilles Track Club, the only female in the wheelchair Marathon, who
completed her first ever event in a time of 2h:34m:07s

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is supported by Dubai Holding, The
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, PUMA, Arab Media Group
(AMG), TNT and Fitness First with assistance provided by Dubai Sports
Council, RTA, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police.

         ----[This List to be used for Eritrea Related News Only]----

New Message Reply About this list Date view Thread view Subject view Author view

© Copyright DEHAI-Eritrea OnLine, 1993-2009
All rights reserved