Kenya’s Marius Kipserem, took top honor at the Abu Dhabi Marathon that was held on Friday (7) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The pace started fast as expected nonetheless. Nine men were in the lead pack at halfway (62:30), but not among them was Emmanuel Mutai, as the 2:03:13 performer was dropped before the 10-mile mark.
By 30k (1:28:42), the lead pack was down to five, but soon — just before the 1:30 mark — it became a two-person race between Kipserem and Kiptum.
Those two would run close together until the very end of the race. The eniter race, Kiptum was running just behind Kipserem, except for a brief period of around 30 seconds when Kiptum moved up alongside Kipserem. When would “the move” be made?
Not until just before the 2:02.00 mark. Kiptum went to the lead and quickly got a gap of a few meters on Kipserem. The gap never got very big and suddenly it looked like Kiptum put on the brakes as he was unable to break Kipserem. Kiptum had no chance to regroup and try to make another move, for just as Kiptum slowed down, Kipserem made his own move and Kiptum had no response.
The 30 year-old 30, took the title when he cut the tape in a new personal best of 2:04.12.
Kipserem who lived up to his expectation was followed in second by World Half Marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum who crossed the line also in a new personal best of 2:04.24 with Ethiopia’s Dejene Debela completing the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 2:07.14.
- Marius Kipserem (KEN) 2:04.24
- Abraham Kiptum (KEN) 2:04.24
- Dejene Debela (ETH) 2:07.14