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Exceptional Eunice Chumba wins Abu Dhabi Marathon

The 2018 World Half Marathon bronze medallist, Eunice Chumba made her experience count  as she won the 4th edition of the Abu Dhabi Marathon held on Saturday (17) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 29 year-old who was trying his luck for the fourth time since this race inception in 2018 where she finished as a runner-up and finished fourth in 2019. The Kenyan born Bahraini was again runner-up last year after the 2020 event was cancelled following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chumba who faced a stiff challenge from the reigning Amsterdam marathon champion, Angela Tanui from Kenya who was also the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:17.57 and Rio Olympics marathon bronze medallist, Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia.

Chumba who came to this race with the third fastest time on paper of 2:20.02, pulled away from the two as they could not keep up with her powerful kick when she accelerated her speed with 2km remaining to foreg ahead and cut the tape in a time of 2:20.41 with Tanui coming home in second in 2:21.14.

“I tried to win this race for Bahrain from my first visit to Abu Dhabi and I have finally managed to fulfil that dream in my fourth attempt,” said Chumba.

“It was a very challenging race with Angela and Mare, who have both run better than my personal best time. We raced together for a long time and it wasn’t until the final five kilometres of the race that I felt I could win.

“I tried my best to better my personal best time but just couldn’t do that. Perhaps on another day and another race. Having said that, I’m just delighted to win in Abu Dhabi.”

The 2015 World women marathon champion (Dibaba) was left with no option but to settle in third place in a time of 2:21.25.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

  1. Eunice Chumba   (BAH) 2:20.41
  2. Angela Tanui       (KEN) 2:21.14
  3. Mare Dibaba        (ETH) 2:21.25

Joan Melly to face-off with Guteni Shone at Seoul Marathon

Ethiopia’s Guteni Shone returns with the fastest time on paper to the 76th edition of the Seoul Marathon that will on Sunday (17) in Seoul, South Korea.

The 30 year-old returns to Seoul, seven years after her victory there. Since then, she has participated in five marathons with two wins in Ottawa and Seville, three silver medals in Prague in 2021, Dubai in 2020 and Houston Marathon in 2015.

Guteni comes to this race with a personal best of 2:20.11 that she got last year in Dubai and will face-off with her compatriots, Sutume Asefa, who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:20.30 that she got at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon where she won the bronze medal. Asefa is also the 2019 Beijing Marathon champion.

Kenya’s Joan Chelimo Melly is another title contender as she comes to this race with the third fastest time on paper of 2:20.57 that she got when she finished in eighth place at the 2020 Valencia marathon. The 31 year-old who has competed in six half marathon races and lost known. She holds the fastest time of 1:05.04 over the distance which ranks her as one of the fastest women of all time for the distance.

Shure Demise comes to this race with fourth fastest time on paper of 2:20.59 that she got on her debut at the 2015 Dubai marathon where she finished just outside the podium. The 26 year-old has gone on to win in Toronto twice. Demise also finished in third place at the 2019 Tokyo marathon and in Chicago in 2018.

The 2018 World Half Marathon Champion, Netsanet Gudeta who has only competed in two marathons to date comes to this race with a personal best of 2:26.09.

Other title contenders lined up include Agnes Jeruto Barsosio, who was third in Seoul in 2016, Selly Chepyego Kaptich, and Celestine Chepchirchir, who was third in Seoul in 2019. Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba, seventh at the Olympics last year, is another one to watch.

The race organisers have put together this deep elite field to chase and lower the race course record of 2:19.51 that was set in 2006 by Zhou Chunxiu from China.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

  1. Guteni Shone    (ETH) 2:20.11
  2. Sutume Asefa   (ETH) 2:20.30
  3. Joan Melly         (KEN) 2:20.57
  4. Agnes Barsosio (KEN) 2:20.59
  5. Shure Demise    (ETH) 2:20.59
  6. Selly Kaptich     (KEN) 2:21.06
  7. Eunice Chumba (BRN) 2:23.10
  8. Celestine Chepchirchir (KEN) 2:23.38
  9. Netsanet Gudeta  (ETH) 2:26.09

World’s fastest man of 2021 targets the course record at Abu Dhabi Marathon

Kenya’s Titus Ekiru, the world fastest man in 2021 will headline the third edition of the Abu Dhabi Marathon that will be held on 26, November in Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 29 years-old is currently ranked as the world’s fifth fastest man marathon history, carries a personal best of 2:02.57 that he got early this year at the Milano City Marathon.

His career highlights include 2019 Honolulu Marathon, 2018 Mexico City Marathon and 2017 Seville Marathon.

The Abu Dhabi Marathon whicha has been labeled as a Bronze Label race will see eight additional elite athletes vying for the top spot.

The stellar line-up of runners includes some of the world’s top-ranking athletes like Reuben Kiprop Kipyego, Abel Kirui, Barnabas Kiptum, Philemon Rono, Eunice Chumba, Betelhem Moges, Vivian Kiplagat and Alemu Megertu.

The race organisers have put together this team of elite athletes to go after both race course record.

The total prize fund for the 2021 Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon is worth $303,000 (Dhs1.11 million) and will be shared across the various categories, with both elite male and female marathon winners taking home $50,000 (Dhs183,500) each.

A bonus cash of $30,000 is also being awarded, should they break the current course records of 2:04.40 and 2:21.01 for the male and female races respectively.