Tamirat Tola led Ethiopia’s clean sweep at the Dubai Marathon on Friday after men’s pre-race favorite Kenenisa Bekele retired injured.
Tola won the men’s race in two hours four minutes and eleven seconds, setting a new course record and personal best, ahead of fellow Ethiopian’s Mule Wasihun and Sisay Lemma in second and third place respectively.
Tola said through an interpreter after the race he was a “little upset” he did not run under 2:04:00 and that he would now switch attention to winning gold in the 10,000 meters at the World Championships in London in August.
Tola had won Bronze in the 10,000 meters at the Rio Olympics last year.
Triple Olympic champion Bekele withdrew during the race after injuring himself in a fall shortly after the start.