Reigning Melbourne Marathon champion, Timothy Kiplagat took the top honors in style at the 4th edition of the Abu Dhabi Marathon held on Saturday (17) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Kiplagat who came as a pacemaker became the second man (pacer) to win the Abu Dhabi Marathon as he thrashed the race favorites that included Dickson Chumba, Daniel Kibet, Felix Kimutai and Ethiopian Adeladhew Mamo.
The 25 year-old who bettered his previous personal best time of 2:07.01, that he got at last year’s Eindhovan Marathon, ran the last 5km alone, cutting the tape nearly four minutes ahead of his compatriot Felix Kimutai with a life time best of 2:05.20 with the latter crossing the line in second in 2:10.15.
“I felt so good today, setting the pace and with nobody to challenge towards the finish. This was a great opportunity to win a race,” said Kiplagat.
“It was my first time in Abu Dhabi and what a wonderful day it has been for me. The race route was flat and fast, the weather was pretty ideal. It was one of those days when everything turned out to be beautiful for me.”
The Ethiopian who participating in his third marathon, was forced to settle in third place in a time of 2:10.25.
The race course record of 2:04.40 that was set in 2020 by Reuben Kipyego from Kenya remains standing.
- Timothy Kiplagat (KEN) 2:05.20
- Felix Kimutai (KEN) 2:10.15
- Adeladhew Mamo (ETH) 2:10.25