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18-year old marathon debutant breaks world record

18-year old Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa of Ethiopia wins the Dubai Marathon

A debutant won the Standard   Chartered Dubai title for the third consecutive occasion in this   IAAF Gold Label Race as marathon novices   maintained their domination in Dubai. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen continued this   impressive sequence as the 18 year-old sprang a surprise,   running 2:04:32 in his first marathon. This achievement improved the   unofficial World Junior Record by almost two minutes; also unprecedented was   a sub-2:06 performance by an 18-year-old, let alone breaking 2:05.    There was much pre-race talk about the possibility of another debutant winner.   But the athlete in this context was not Tsegaye Mekonnen. It was Atsedu   Tsegay, who had recently impressed with a half marathon victory in New … Continue reading

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