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  • DUBAIMARATHON FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY 2014 42KM MARATHON • 10KM ROAD RACE • 3KM FUN RUN

    STANDARD CHARTERED

    MEDIA GUIDE

  • Under the Patronage

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    His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

    Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council

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  • CONTENTs

    Official SUPPlierS

    TiTle SPONSOr

    PriZe MONeY

    SPONSOrS

    fantastic five - 2013 race review 6

    MeDiA infoRMAtion introduction 13 The Press Team 13 The Press centre 14 Press conferences 14

    tHe DuBAi MARAtHon CouRSe Start Details 17 course Details 17 Times and Drinks Stations 17 course Maps 18

    tHe 2014 RACeS Start Times 25 elite RunneRS elite Men: entries 26 elite Men: Biographies 27 elite Women: entries 30 elite Women: Biographies 31 awards and Bonuses 34

    DuBAi MARAtHon StAtiStiCS champions and course records 37 Past results 38 Margins of Victory 45 WoRlD MARAtHon StAtiStiCS World and continental records 46 World all-Time Top 50 47 World’s Best in 2013 51 World record Pace Guide 54 Weather 55

    tHe DuBAi MARAtHon StRuCtuRe Event Officials 59

    tHe MASS event Total number of participants year-by-year 63

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  • it may not be the oldest marathon in the world but when it comes to rewriting the record books the Standard chartered Dubai Marathon regularly shows the more established events a thing or two when it comes to setting running milestones.

    In January 2013, Lelisa Desisa and Tirfi Tsegaye stormed to victory in an ethiopian clean sweep at a fog-wrapped Standard chartered Dubai Marathon.

    it was ethiopians all the way as they swept their Kenyan rivals from the board in both men’s and women’s races at the Standard chartered Dubai Marathon on Sheikh Mohammed bin rashid Boulevard.

    But while there was glory for the two african stars the event struck gold yet again with the first FIVE men all breaking the 2:05 mark. it takes to TeN the number of sub 2:05 men in the history of the event – again, another record in marathon running.

    Desisa, 23, only got away from his rivals in the final 200m as the marathon debutant won in 2.04.45, for the 13th fastest time in history - and with four other men close behind, the quintet beat the previous year’s Dubai record of four sub-2.05 men. long-time race leader Berhanu Shiferaw was second in 2.04.48, while another compatriot, veteran Tadesse Tola clocked a personal best 2.04.49 in third.

    The early fog for the 7am start (15c) dissipated when the leaders hit the coast after

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  • eight kilometres, but on the lengthy stretch down the beach road, the fog returned even thicker, bringing with it high humidity.

    “i tried to push the pace at 38k,” said Desisa, “but the others responded strongly, so i decided to wait until the end. i have a good sprint and i was confident that it would win me the race. I had aimed for 2.06 for my debut but when i saw the time at the finish I was shocked. If I can find a similarly good course, and my coach agrees, maybe next time i can go for the world record.”

    By contrast, the women’s race lived up to predictions in all but the finishing time, according to the winner. Tirfi Tsegaye, who was a big pre-race favourite following her victory in Paris the previous year and a second place in Berlin in October 2012, took the tape in 2:23:23 to follow the 2011 and 2012 Dubai wins of training partner assefelech Mergia.

    Tsegaye was always part of the leading group, but by 30k she was out on her own, and although slacking off in the final stages, still won by close to 20 seconds.

    “i came with two aims,” she said. “i wanted to win and to run under 2.20. i was determined to push in the second half of the race, but by that time, it had become very humid, and it was affecting me. So i’m happy to win, but unhappy i didn’t break 2.20. i’ll have to come back next year and try again”.

    Her colleagues, ehitu Kiros and amane Gobena gained ground on her in the last five kilometres, but finished behind her in that order, Kiros

    second in 2.23.39, and Gobena third, in 2.23.50 Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh

    Mohammed bin rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the Uae, ruler of Dubai and under the aegis of the Dubai Sports council, the Standard chartered Dubai Marathon saw around 20,000 runners take to the streets of Dubai on a day when visibility was at a premium.

    in the Men’s 10km, victory went to eritrea’s Samuel Tesfalidet in 28m:50s with fellow Eritrean Mehari Fisshaye second (29m:04s) and Morocco’s Ihya Youssef in third (29m:22s). The ladies 10km was won by ethiopia’s alem fikri in 32m:39s with the UAE pair of Aliya Saeed and last year’s winner Betty Belayouh following her home in 32m:48s and 33m:13s respectively.

    “it was a beautiful race for me,” beamed

    I HAvE A GooD SpRINT AND I wAs CONFIDENT THAT IT wOUlD wIN ME THE RACE. I HAD AIMED FOR 2.06 FOR My DEBUT BUT wHEN I sAw THE TIME AT THE FINIsH I wAs sHOCKED

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  • Tesfalidet. “everything was perfect on the road and it is good to have a first and second place for eritrea.”

    another notable performance at an event that continues to raise the bar in terms of records and personal bests came from British wheelchair competitor rob Smith. The englishman is a regular visitor to Dubai and he returned to the UK with the Wheelchair Open gold medal and a new British record of 2h:06m:45s for the T52 Wheelchair class.

    “it was very hard work especially with the condensation building up on the wheels, which meant it was extremely difficult to grab and push the wheels,” said Smith. “My arms are aching but i’m absolutely delighted to have broken the British record in the class and set a new personal best.

    On hand to present the trophies were special guest His Highness Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamed al Khalifa, Vice President of the Bahrain Olympic committee as well as Mattar al Tayer, Vice President of the Dubai Sports council; Jonathan Morris, Standard chartered ceO Uae; and ahmed al Kamali, President of the Uae athletics federation.

    The 2013 Standard chartered Dubai Marathon was supported by the Dubai Sports council, adidas, Dubai eye 103.8fM, JW Marriott Marquis, emaar, Sport 360, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police and the rTa.

    ReSultS Men’S MARAtHon

    1 Lelisa DESISA (eTH) 2.04.45

    2 Berhanu SHIFERAW (eTH) 2.04.48

    3 Tadese TOLA (eTH) 2.04.49

    4 Endeshaw NEGESSE (eTH) 2.04.52

    5 Bernard KOECH (KeN) 2.04.53

    ReSultS WoMen’S MARAtHon

    1 Tirfi TSEGAYE (eTH) 2.23.23

    2 Ehitu KIROS (eTH) 2.23.39

    3 Amane GOBENA (eTH) 2.23.50

    4 Aheza KIROS (eTH) 2.24.30

    5 Belaynesh OLJIRA (eTH) 2.25.01

    ReSultS Men’S 10KM

    1 Samuel TESFALIDET (eri) 28m:50s

    2 Mehari FISSHAYE (eri) 29m:04s

    3 Ihya YOUSSEF (MOr) 29m:22s

    ReSultS WoMen’S 10KM

    1 Alem FIKRI (eTH) 32m:39s

    2 Aliya SAEED (Uae) 32m:48s

    3 Betty BELAYOUH (Uae) 33m:13s

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  • introduction

    Welcome to the 2014 Standard chartered Dubai Marathon Media Guide. We hope you find everything you need to help you cover this year’s event in these pages, but please do not hesitate to ask one of the media team if you require anything else.

    The following sections provide information (up to date at the time of printing) about the Dubai Marathon course, its history, this year’s races and leading entrants, marathon statistics, the mass race and the organisation.

    the Press team The 2014 press team is managed by alan ewens. The team will be based in the Official Media centre on Umm Suqeim road from Wednesday 22nd January to friday 24th January inclusive.

    Alan ewens Media Director [email protected]

    Andy edwards international News relations [email protected]

    Joerg Wenig international News relations

    [email protected]

    Karen Rowlands Media assistant [email protected]

    Rupert Bell international radio News [email protected]

    Jon Walley Official Event Photographer [email protected]

    Giancarlo Colombo Official Event Photographer [email protected]

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  • the Media Centre The Standard chartered Dubai Marathon operates a temporary Media centre during the days leading up to the event and on race day.

    Address Standard chartered Dubai Marathon Media centre, Umm Suqeim road, Dubai.

    opening Hours January 22-24: 9.00am-6.00pm

    Race Day January 24: 5.00am onwards

    Contacts Alan Ewens +97150 4514188 Karen Rowlands +97150 6451439

    General facilities Members of the media should come to the Media centre during opening hours (listed above) to pick up their accreditation – accreditation will also be available f