Abshero: fastest winning debut time

2012-01-28 00:00

FORMER World Junior Cross Country champion, Ayele Abshero, won the Standard Chartered Dubai marathon with the fastest winning debut time of 2:04:23 and led Ethiopia to a clean sweep of the podium.

Dino Sefir finished 27 seconds adrift with Markos Geneti third in a race that saw 17 runners finish below 2:10.

South African Hendrick Ramaala finished in 19th in a time of 2:12:12.

Ramaala has now qualified for five Olympics. Although he was on target with a 65:21 for the first half, the headwind on the return journey slowed most of the field. Although under the necessary qualifying time, Ramaala will have strong competition for Olympic places from the likes of Stephen Mokoka, Coolboy Ngomane and Lushapo April who have similar times.

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