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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Tola leads Ethiopia 1-2 in world marathon

Eugene, Ore. ( Associated Press) – Tamirat Tola took a 1-2 lead over Ethiopia in the men’s marathon at the world championships on Sunday, beginning a wide lead late in the race and sprinting through the finish line.

Tola finished in a championship-record time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 36 seconds on a fast and flat course that included plenty of beautiful views. Teammate Moisnet Geremeau held on for the silver, 68 seconds behind Tola. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi grabbed the bronze medal.

After leaving the pack, Tola never looked back.

Well, maybe several times. But the 30-year-old never saw anyone try to catch up as the 2017 world silver medalist continued to build and build under his leadership. The previous championship record was set by Abel Kirui of Kenya in 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin, 2:06:54.

Defending world champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia tried to keep up before being knocked out. American sprinter and University of Oregon standout Galen Rupp was in the dominant group for most of the race before retreating and finishing 19th.

Runners were able to keep up the pace while hovering at a comfortable temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit (13.9 Celsius) and cloud cover. This is in contrast to the conditions in Doha in 2019 when the men’s race was held at midnight to avoid the scorching heat. The temperature was still around 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius).

A short time later, 1972 Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter signaled the start of the race, sending runners along a three-loop course that ended in front of the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. The route wound through the cities of Eugene and Springfield.

The course passed over the Willamette River and paralleled the Pree Trail, a bark running trail named in honor of University of Oregon running icon Steve Prefontaine, who died in a car accident in 1975.

Kengo Suzuki was missing in the area after a few cases of the Japanese team testing positive for COVID-19. Also not racing was Kenyan marathoner Lawrence Cherono, who was temporarily suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit after he was found to be a banned substance used to treat chest pain resulting from a lack of blood supply and oxygen to the heart. were suspended after testing positive for


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