Ketema breaks world record for fastest marathon debut in Dubai

Ketema breaks world record for fastest marathon start in Dubai

Ethiopian runner Tigist Ketema broke the world record for fastest marathon debut in Dubai on Sunday, shaving more than a minute off the course mark.

Clocking a time of 2:16:07, the 25-year-old became the eighth fastest woman in marathon history as she took gold, breaking the Dubai course record by 61 seconds.

A former African Under-20 Championships gold medallist in the 800 metres, Ketema proved herself as a long distance running prospect by winning the Great Ethiopian Run 10 km race in 2022.

Ethiopia swept the women’s podium in Dubai as Ruti Aga (2:18:09) and Dera Dida (2:19:29) finished second and third.

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